>Litmus Paper

>Today will be an interesting test of how much progress we’ve made lately. There can be no doubt that, with three new men making an impression, the results have picked up over the last couple of weeks, with a 3-0 home win, a hard-fought victory at Mansfield and a draw at AFC Wimbledon which ought to have been a win. Performances have perked up too, but today we face the sort of challenge which had consistently troubled us this season.

Gateshead are fighting for their lives, are part-timers and have a dreadful away record: since October they’ve played 15, won 2 (and one of those was against a lower league side), drawn 3 and lost 10. One of the three away games they’ve lost in a row was an 8-0 too! Sounds like a typical Wrexham banana skin!

That’s not the whole story, of course. Gateshead have enjoyed some impressive home wins lately, including one against us, of course. Today we might see if the new men bring enough nous to help us overwhelm a determined rearguard action. If not let’s see how we fare next Saturday: Grays are already relegated, have won just three games all season and scored a mere thirty goals. I’m dreading the humiliation already!

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