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Wombwell keen to take his chance during festive period
Josh Youll
Author: Josh Youll

17th December 2021

Ryan Wombwell is keen to take every opportunity he gets in Gateshead’s starting 11.

Mike Williamson’s men head into a vital league fixture on Saturday, facing league leaders Brackley Town.

The last time The Heed were in action at The International Stadium, Cedwyn Scott and Luke Williams fired Gateshead past York City.

Wombwell came off the bench after just 18 minutes following Robbie Tinkler’s injury, and helped set up the second goal.

“It was a good game, we knew it would be difficult,” he said.

“Every game in this league is difficult, but we did what we needed to do.

“It was a different game to what we’re used to – we probably didn’t play as much as we would’ve liked.

“In the end, we showed our qualities and came out with the three points, which is all that matters.

“The coaching staff have mentioned everybody will be used this year – it’s about taking your chance when you get it.

“I got my chance against York and I wanted to add something to the team, so I’m pleased to have contributed to the goal.”

The display gave The Heed momentum going into an away trip to Farsley Celtic, with Paul Blackett breaking the deadlock.

The hosts fought back to take a 3-1 lead, but a spirited second half display saw Williamson’s men return to Tyneside with a 4-3 victory and three points in tow.

“It’s a tough place to go,” Wombwell added.

“The pitch isn’t the best, and in the circumstances we found ourselves losing.

“We showed our fighting qualities and dug in until the end, and were pleased to get the win.

“The fans gave us that little bit extra on Saturday and it was great to see them travel with us away.

“It was a great feeling, especially when we scored and got it over the line at the end.”

Currently third in the table, Gateshead sit five points below Saturday’s visitors with two games in hand.

“There’s a lot of games in the Christmas period and we want to pick up as many points as we can, starting against Brackley.

“If we can do so, that’ll put us in a very good position going into the derby games.

“There’s lots of points up for grabs, but things can change so quick if we take our foot off the pedal.

“Brackley will be the toughest game so far, so we need to be focused on the job at hand.

“The derbies coming up are massive and extra special for the fans, but we need to get this weekend out the way first before we look ahead.”

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