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King's Lynn Town take on Gateshead in National League North clash at The Walks

King’s Lynn Town assistant boss Paul Bastock has picked out Gateshead’s JJ O’Donnell as a major threat when The Tynesiders visit The Walks tomorrow.

After spending two and a half years out of the game with a foot condition called sesamoiditis, O’Donnell has become a key part of Gateshead player-manager Mike Williamson’s squad.

O’Donnell sits alongside on-loan striker Joshua Kayode as the club’s top goalscorer with seven goals.

Paul Bastock 2 (6031220)
Paul Bastock 2 (6031220)

And Bastock is well aware of the threat that the attacking midfielder possesses as high-flying Lynn look to remain top of the National League North standings.

Bastock said: “He’s a very skilful player who likes to get at you. We’re going to have our hands full against him.

“He is capable of ripping you to pieces on his day, so we’re going to have to keep an eye on him.

“It’s a long trip for them and they will know how well we’ve been playing. Again it’s about us implementing our game on them on what is likely to be a very heavy pitch.”

Progress in the National League North has been solid as Gateshead lie a few points of the play-off places after losing four of their opening 15 league games.

Heed chief Williamson is looking for a big reaction from his side following Saturday’s Buildbase FA Trophy exit against Halesowen Town.

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