Borough battling heat in final pre-season preparations

Gosport Borough assistant manager Mick Catlin. Picture: Dave Haines

Gosport Borough assistant manager Mick Catlin. Picture: Dave Haines

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GOSPORT assistant manager Mick Catlin believes the heat has made a big impact on their pre-season preparations.

The Conference South side are coming to the end of their pre-season.

They are preparing to travel to Redditch United tomorrow (3pm).

‘It’s been a difficult period,’ said Catlin.

‘The heat’s been a really key element because we can’t play the way we want to because it’s just too hot.

‘We’re having to cut short the sessions because the players can’t run in this heat.

‘We don’t want to push them too hard.’

Borough have cancelled next Tuesday’s game at Hungerford Town to give them an extra day’s training ahead of next Friday’s trip to Guernsey, meaning tomorrow’s match will be their penultimate friendly.

Catlin confirmed there is a clean bill of health among the squad for Saturday’s trip to the Midlands, which he hopes will be a good test for his side.

He said: ‘We’ve only got two friendlies left so we’re really going to be homing in on our current squad.

‘We played Redditch in pre-season last year and beat them comfortably but they’ve made a few signings this summer.

‘They will be competitive, even though they are in the league below us, and that’s what we want at this stage,

‘It’s about getting the players into a routine of travelling and preparing for an away game, which is what we’ll have to do for the first game of the season at Chelmsford.

‘We’re expecting a tough test but we’re going up there to try and win the game.’

He added: ‘Every friendly we’ve asked the players to step it up a notch.

‘We’re looking for improvements in their fitness.’

Borough lost 4-3 to Southern League division one south & west outfit Sholing on Tuesday.

All four goals were conceded from set pieces but Catlin is not worried.

‘It wasn’t our full strength team,’ he said.

‘The result won’t affect our preparations. It’s more about getting the fitness up.’

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