Bennett set for Gosport swansong

Justin Bennett is on the verge of a move to Eastleigh
Justin Bennett is on the verge of a move to Eastleigh
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In-demand Gosport Borough hot-shot Justin Bennett will make one last appearance for the club, with his well-documented loan move to Eastleigh imminent.

Bennett is included in Borough’s squad for their trip to bottom-placed Andover – despite being poised to switch Privett Park for the Silverlake Stadium for the rest of the season.

‘Eastleigh have come in for him as a replacement for Brett Williams, who they sold to Reading,’ said Borough’s assistant-manager Mick Catlin.

‘They want to take him on loan for the rest of the season, and decisions are still being made on a deal.

‘It would be a big blow to us to lose him but he wants to play at a higher level and we wouldn’t want to hold him back.

‘If it happens then it is likely to be next week.’

Borough have made an unbeaten start to 2011 and have hauled themselves to within four points of the play-off places.

And feel they have some unfinished business with their hosts, whose only league win this season came at the expense of Borough.

They also knocked Borough out of the Hampshire Senior Cup, so Alex Pike’s side are determined to put the record straight.

‘Our defeats by Andover are not something we are proud of and we feel we have a point to prove,’ said Catlin.

‘We certainly don’t want to concede the league double to them.

‘It won’t be easy, though, because they have got a couple of new players in and had a good 2-2 draw at Yate in the week.

‘But we have made an unbeaten start to the year and confidence is flooding back into our team.

‘We have a renewed belief and that has enabled us to turn games around recently when we have found ourselves behind.

‘This showed against Wimborne in the week when we found ourselves a goal down at half-time, but we came out and scored three goals in 10 minutes.

‘If we can keep this going, then we can get to where we want to be.’

Borough have signed midfielder Aiden Sainsbury from Bemerton Heath Harlequins – and he goes straight into the squad.

Dave Birmingham and Liam Crook both picked up injuries against Wimborne and are likely to be out for a couple of weeks.

If 27-year-old Bennett makes the move back to former club Eastleigh next week, Borough have lined-up Hawk’s young striker Liam Sewell as a replacement.

Gosport Borough: Hutchings, Wooden, Cook, Ward, Castle, Cox, Sainsbury, Ford, Arnold, Rowe, Bennett, Taylor, Lynch, Wylde, Brown, Heather, Smith.