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PREVIEW: Gateshead v Harriers
3:32pm Tuesday 5th March 2013 in News
NEW signing Michael Gash could make his debut tonight as Harriers look for an eighth straight win against Gateshead (7.45pm ko).
The 26-year-old striker has joined the Aggborough outfit on loan until the end of the season, although Harriers do have an option to buy him if he impresses.
Gash will be included in the squad and he will actually be returning to his old stomping ground of Bootham Crescent as the Blue Square Bet Premier clash against the Heed is to be played at York City.
The North East club have not been able to play at the International Stadium since November because of a host of weather and pitch problems.
While they have struck a deal to play their home matches at Hartlepool, the Football League side are entertaining Colchester United this evening.
“We know about York and I am sure Gateshead are grateful to them for putting the game on and getting it sorted because they obviously have problems with their pitch," commented Harriers boss Steve Burr.
“From our point of view it is not as far to go so it has worked out quite well – we have a good record at Bootham Crescent, but not against Gateshead!
“It has been a lucky ground for me over the years and teams I’ve been with and hopefully that can continue but we know it is going to be a similar sort of game to Ebbsfleet on Saturday.
“We watched Gateshead a couple of weeks ago at Tamworth and they have some good players in their side who can cause problems so we will have to be at it again.
“We’ll look at the squad and the team and we pick to go up there and get us the three points.”
Harriers will assess the fitness of defender Josh Gowling who took a knock to the head against Ebbsfleet – he soldiered on through the game.
Burr added he will remain careful with his use of midfield duo Keith Briggs and Danny Jackman as he looks to get the best out of them – Callum Gittings will be pushing for a start after stepping off the bench to score at the weekend.