Ramshaw wants fresh start after Heed comeback
Rob Ramshaw is looking forward to beginning the New Year with a clean slate after returning to the Gateshead fray against Stocksbridge Park Steels last night.
Ramshaw played almost 70 minutes as Gateshead recovered from an early setback at the International Stadium to secure their passage to the Second Round of the FA Trophy.
The 22-year-old had not started a game for the Tynesiders all season beforehand, and he has been absent completely since aggravating a toe injury at the beginning of October.
It is a far cry from Ramshaw’s previous campaign, during which he racked up over 40 appearances in all competitions, netting seven goals in the process.
Following a frustratingly long road back to fitness, the midfielder was delighted to get some much-needed game-time under his belt against the eighth-tier Steels.
And – as the Heed approach the business end of the season – Ramshaw is hopeful of rediscovering his mojo in the weeks ahead.
He said: “Even before I was injured, I wasn’t playing, so I was over the Moon to start for the first time this season.
“I thought I did alright. I was wider than normal, but I will play anywhere. I kept the ball, kept it simple and tried to get back in the swing of things.
“The injury has been an odd one. I actually did it in the Newcastle friendly game [in July], and after speaking to Suzanne [Davis], it was just a case of trying to manage it, but it gradually got worse and worse.
“In the end, I was having to see her every day, and what I originally thought may keep me out for three or four weeks has actually kept me out for seven.
“It has been hard, but Chan [Jamie Chandler] and Marzy [James Marwood] have been doing their own rehab with me, and being with those two has helped.
“It’s a fresh start for me now. No disrespect to Malcolm Crosby or Gary Owers, but they didn’t like me as a player.
“Some take to you and some don’t. I think most people know what I’m about – they know I will work hard, keep the ball and try to get forward and score.
“Returning to the team gave me a bit of confidence, which I haven’t had for four months. Hopefully, I can kick on now.”