Ben Clark: Gateshead pressure on to match play-off achievement

Ben Clark
Clark captained Gateshead to the Conference Premier final last season

Captain Ben Clark has said Gateshead have no time to dwell on last season's Conference Premier disappointment, with expectations for another promotion bid.

Gateshead reached the play-offs on the back of a 12-game unbeaten run last term, but lost to Cambridge United in their first Wembley final appearance.

Boss Gary Mills has already said he wants to better the 2013-14 performance this coming campaign.

"The pressure will be on us a little bit," Clark told BBC Newcastle.

"We've set our standards now, the manager won't let us rest on our laurels, feel disappointed or feel sorry for ourselves, that's gone now.

"It's up to us to get this club into the Football League."

Striker Jon Shaw's arrival from Luton has bolstered Mills' squad for the forthcoming season, while 31-year-old Clark was one of 10 existing players to commit their future to the club.

Clark's partnership alongside James Curtis was a major part of Gateshead's success in 2013-14, and the former Sunderland stopper is also close to 200 appearances in the black and white.

"I had a fantastic season, the boys really enjoyed it and although we didn't quite achieve what we wanted to achieve, we came a long way," Clark added.

"It's up to us now to go again and go one better."

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