Borough keen to build on momentum

Ryan Woodford is in line to make his Gosport Borough debut tonight at Reddich  Picture: Dave Haines
Ryan Woodford is in line to make his Gosport Borough debut tonight at Reddich Picture: Dave Haines
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Gosport Borough make the long trip to Redditch tonight looking to maintain the momentum that has seen them gatecrash the Southern League premier division promotion race (7.45pm).

Thanks to a 22-match unbeaten run, in-form Borough currently occupy fifth place in the league table and one of four coveted play-off places.

Assistant manager Mick Catlin is proud of his side’s consistency over recent months and believes the players have the confidence to carry it on until the end of the season.

However, he knows it won’t be easy against their midland hosts, who have already beaten Borough once this season.

In the early weeks of the season, a late goal gave Redditch a 3-2 win at Privett Park – and they will be geared up to secure a league double.

Since then, though, the clubs have had contrasting fortunes, with Redditch struggling and Borough going from strength to strength.

‘At this stage of the season it is more about results than performances,’ said Catlin.

‘It is so tight at the top that we need to keep grinding out points to stay in there.

‘We keep getting our noses into the play-offs and then the next time we look we are out of it.

‘The situation keeps changing quickly at the moment.

‘A win at Redditch, though, will help us consolidate our place and put pressure on the other teams around us.’

Borough boast the best unbeaten run in the whole of England – one more than Chester in the Blue Square Bet North and even better than Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Catlin knows if his team can maintain their form until the end of the season, Gosport will make the play-offs.

That would be no small achievement in their first year in the premier division.

But the big test will come if Borough suffer a defeat.

‘If we lose a game then it will be how we react that will be important,’ said Catlin.

‘It could go either way – our confidence could take a knock or it could act to spur us on.

‘Knowing the players, I believe it would be the latter.

‘It is vital that we just keep on doing what we have been doing because that is what has got us where we are.

‘Another important factor for all the clubs chasing the play-offs is whether they can stay injury-free.

‘So far we have, but when we have had to make changes it has been shown that we have good depth in our squad.’

Hawks loanee Ryan Woodford is expected to make his Borough debut tonight after agreeing a month-long deal at Privett Park.

‘Ryan was disappointed to miss out because of the weather on Saturday,’ said Catlin.

‘He trained with us and looks our type of sharp, competitive player.’