Bath hold no fear for Borough

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike
Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike
Former Pompey chairman Iain McInnes. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Gosport Borough have no fear after learning their FA Cup fate.

Alex Pike’s side have been handed a difficult-looking trip to fellow Skrill South opponents Bath City at Twerton Park in the second-round qualifying of the competition.

It’s the second meeting of the pair in the Cup in as many years, with the Privett Park side coming out on top last season following a replay.

The two teams also met earlier this season, with Gosport picking up a point on their travels.

However, eight points separate them in the league standings, with second-from-bottom Borough yet to record a win in their new surroundings.

That statistic doesn’t bother assistant boss Mick Catlin, though.

‘We will take a win in any competition at the moment,’ said Catlin.

‘It is a difficult draw but we have nothing to fear.’

‘We showed a lot of character in the league game and will have to do the same to get into the next round.’

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury is keen to get scouting after his side were handed a trip to Skrill North Gloucester City.

‘This is a tough draw,’ said Bradbury.

‘We obviously don’t know a lot about them but I will go and spy on them at Altrincham next week.

‘They have made a similar start to us and will be keen to make the most of their home advantage.

‘It is likely that the game may be played on the Sunday, which could attract a decent gate and atmosphere.

‘We have a tradition of good Cup runs at the club and we are keen to emulate that.’

AFC Portchester have been handed a fourth-consecutive away tie with a visit to Southern League division one south & west side Cirencester Town.

The Wicor Mill outfit have already won at Team Solent, Godalming Town and Horndean to get this far.

‘Lady Luck certainly hasn’t smiled on us in the draws,’ said director of football Mick Jenkins.

‘In the Cup, it is on the day and if we go there in the right frame of mind and properly organised it is not beyond us.’

If Bognor overcome Frome Town in tomorrow night’s replay at Nyewood Lane, they face a tricky tie at Weymouth.