Gateshead head into final game with Conference play-off destiny in their own hands (From The Northern Echo)
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Gateshead head into final game with Conference play-off destiny in their own hands
GATESHEAD tackle their final match of the Skrill Premier season tomorrow evening knowing a draw will guarantee them a place in the play-off semi-finals.
The Heed entertain second-placed Cambridge United knowing they could find themselves back up against the FA Trophy winners if things go to plan and they claim a play-off spot.
Gary Mills' side are three points clear of Braintree Town, but could still miss out on a top-five position if they were to lose and Braintree were to beat Grimsby Town, another side already guaranteed a play-off place.
The stakes could hardly be higher as the Tynesiders look to give themselves a chance of making it back into the Football League, but Mills is confident his players will handle the pressure of their biggest game of the season.
“It's a great game for us,” said the Gateshead boss. “We know what we need, and what we need to do, and we've got to go and win the game.
“I've been here before where there is a lot riding on the last game. It's a massive game, and the nice thing is that our destiny is in our own hands.
“We want to finish third, three points behind Cambridge. That would be an unbelievable achievement for everybody concerned and great for the club.
“The mentality is not that we only need a point, we want to win the game. We've got the belief, the drive and the players to go and succeed.”
Gateshead will come up against their two leading scorers from last season – Josh Gillies and Ryan Donaldson – as the pair are now key members of the Cambridge team.
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