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Watch out for in-form Gateshead, warns striker Jordan Burrow

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JORDAN BURROW says Gateshead’s hot run of form has got the Heed believing they can gatecrash the play-offs.

Neil Aspin’s side had won six on the bounce before Tuesday night’s draw at Macclesfield, a run that has moved them into the top five.

Striker Burrow, 24, says there’s plenty to do if they’re going to book a shot at promotion, but knows momentum can carry them far.

“I think if you looked at the table 12 or 13 games ago it didn’t make great reading,” Burrow told The NLP. “The play-offs looked a bit of a way away and a bit out of reach.

“But when I first came to the club I knew the ability and quality of player is in the dressing room to try and mount something if we could string a run of results together and push ourselves into the mix. That’s exactly what we’ve done.

“We’re top of the form table and we need to keep that run going to get in there. The gaffer’s instilled belief in us. He said when he was at Halifax he mounted a late charge to the play-offs. They put together a run of results and sneaked in.

“We’ve got players who have experience of challenging at the top of the league. People like Manny Smith, Jamal Fyfield, Liam Hogan, Paddy McLaughlin has gone up with York and challenged with Grimsby.

Belief

“So we’ve got some good players with experience of these situations and that can only stand us in good stead. Because we’ve been on this run it’s given everyone belief. Before, we were maybe just hoping we could put some results together, but now we have. I’m not saying we’ve cracked it, but we’ve given ourselves a fighting chance.”

Burrow scored 18 goals for FC Halifax Town last season despite their relegation from the National League and was a stand-out performer in their FA Trophy win at Wembley.

Since joining Gateshead from the Shaymen in November, the former Stevenage and Lincoln City man has seen the benefits of returning to full-time football as he’s become a big part of the Heed’s promotion push.

And he’s enjoying life in the north-east so much that even running in training has him smiling as his career hits on an upward path again.

“It’s been up and down for me, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” he said. “It makes you battle-hardened and tougher than someone who’s had it a bit easier, so to speak.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at all my clubs and I’m thoroughly enjoying it at Gateshead. I wind the lads up in training when we’re doing running that they should be enjoying it because I am! I’m loving it.”

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