Borough battle to keep good start going

Gosport boss Mick Catlin. Picture: Dave Haines
Gosport boss Mick Catlin. Picture: Dave Haines
Moneyfields striker Steve Hutchings Picture: Keith Woodland

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Gosport face an uphill battle to maintain their unbeaten start as they visit Oxfordshire side North Leigh in the south & west division (3pm).

Borough have drawn three and won one of their opening four games and are aiming to repeat last year’s rare away success at Eynsham Park.

‘With their sloping pitch it is one of the more difficult grounds to go to,’ said assistant boss Mick Catlin.

‘We’ll have to show plenty of grit and determination.

‘Our hosts are a better side than their current position suggests and we will have to be on our game.

‘We have already won away from home at Bridgwater, when we showed a lot of patience and refused to panic.

‘Last season we drew too many games and our away record killed us.

‘So far this season we have shown ourselves to be more solid at the back and we are always capable of popping up with a goal at the other end.

‘We haven’t scored a lot so far but if we can convert a few more of the chances we are creating then we will start to pick up some more wins.’

George Way returns to the squad after being rested for the Didcot clash in midweek but Dave Birmingham remains a doubt with a calf strain.

Striker James Taylor is still out with a back problem.

Gosport Borough: Pryce, Jones Gav, Molyneaux, Cook, Poate, Ford, Way, Kirby, Sewell, Bennett, Wooden, Chuddy, Woodward, Norton, Hards, Wilde, Elias