Media Watch - 3rd April

03/04/2009
Gateshead star Novak wants to exit on a high - Apr 3 2009 by Jeff Bowron, Evening Chronicle

THE Blue Square North's leading scorer Lee Novak has put his Golden Boot ambitions on the back burner as he looks to blast Gateshead to promotion.


The Tynesiders' five- week stay at the top ended in midweek when Tamworth won their six-pointer at Southport, but Novak insists the title race is not over.

The Lambs are at fifth-top Alfreton tomorrow and Southport at seventh-placed Harrogate, while Gateshead go to sixth-bottom Stafford.

The midlands outfit have one of the worst home records in the Conference North, having scored just eight goals in 18 games at Marston Road.

Stafford have lost half of their league games at home and are bottom of the current form table with just three points from their last nine games.

Novak said: "We're playing really well and will probably need to win our last five games to have a chance of the title - and we're capable of doing that.

"It's in Tamworth's hands now, but both they and Southport have difficult away games tomorrow. They will both drop points in the run-in and we've got to keep winning to capitalise on that."

Novak, signed for a giveaway £3,500 from Newcastle Blue Star in September, wants to leave Gateshead in the top flight of the non-league game before he links up with Huddersfield Town for a fee that could eventually reach £150,000.

The 20-year-old hit-man has scored seven goals in his last eight games and has scored 25 goals for Gateshead, while his main rival for the Conference North Golden Boot, Tamworth's Gareth Sheldon, has scored one fewer.

"I said when I signed for Huddersfield during the transfer window that the perfect way to leave Gateshead would be after helping them to promotion," added Novak.

"Whether that is as champions or through the play-offs, the aim remains the same.

"Winning the Golden Boot would be the icing on the cake, but I'm more bothered about Gateshead getting promoted."

Novak will continue his new partnership with on-loan striker Darryn Stamp at Stafford, while another loan signing, Tony Dinning, could make his debut.

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