By Dominic Scurr

GATESHEAD manager Steve Watson feels Wednesday night’s Durham Challenge Cup match against Billingham Town presents a great opportunity for some of his players to impress. 

Watson (Rob Chambers)
Watson (Rob Chambers)

Tickets are available on the gate at the International Stadium, £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

A young Gateshead side featuring several first-team squad members are expected to line-up against the Northern League Division Two leaders on Wednesday evening for a game Heed boss Watson is looking forward to.

“I Learnt a lot about the Durham Challenge Cup in my first week here this time last season,” said the former Newcastle United defender.

“I went to watch the lads play down at Tow Law in the same competition and there were a few of the first team players who weren’t playing involved in the game.

“Robbie Tinkler, JJ O’Donnell and Fraser Kerr all played in that match and as a result, I ended up selecting them for our National League matches on the back of it.

“So it just gives the lads that play tomorrow night, the knowledge and belief that if they do well then it won’t go unnoticed and it will help them make a claim for a spot in the first team.

“It’s difficult when the first team lads who have been starting on Saturday’s are doing very little wrong at the moment.

“But as I’ve stated all along, this squad is relatively small in regard to the numbers and the games are coming thick and fast now so we’ve got a Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday and then another Saturday with three of those being away from home so anything can happen.

“All of the lads need to be ready so I’m looking forward to Wednesday night’s game because it is a great opportunity to get 90 minutes into those lads who need them.”