Borough keen to cash in on Kettering chaos

Dan Woodward is back from suspension for Gosport Borough

Dan Woodward is back from suspension for Gosport Borough

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Gosport Borough aim to pile more misery on troubled visitors Kettering Town in their Southern League premier division clash at Privett Park (3pm).

Marooned at the bottom of the table after being deducted 10 points for entering administration, financial problems threatened to send the Poppies into liquidation last month.

There will be no room for complacency by Borough, though, as tomorrow’s visitors claimed their long-awaited first win of the season last weekend after beating Chesham United 3-1.

‘We will need to be very careful and make sure we are on our game,’ said Borough assistant manager Mick Catlin.

‘Kettering will be coming here with a bit more confidence after winning and we must squash that.

‘We can’t afford to be sloppy, which is always a danger after doing so well at St Neots in our last game.

‘Players sometimes think they can take their foot off the pedal after doing well.

‘Instead, we have to raise our game up another gear and punish them. If we don’t we could easily end up not winning again at home.’

Borough include new signing Sam Wilson in their squad after the youngster joined the club in midweek.

Their 3-2 win at third-placed St Neots last Saturday helped them climb to 18th in the table, and another win will take them closer to mid-table security.

Catlin regarded the performance at St Neots as Borough’s best of the season and will be hugely disappointed if they don’t maintain their current six-game unbeaten run in the league

Despite a poor home record, with just one win in the league all season, Borough will start as firm favourites.

‘We are heading into a very important period of games,’ said Catlin.

‘If we can have around 25 points just after Christmas we will be handily placed.

‘We won’t be too far off where we want to be, but just one defeat could send us back down the table.

‘Against St Neots we were worthy winners after dominating the game.

‘The final scoreline flattered them but if we don’t win at home it will be wasted.

‘When we have everybody performing on the same day we are a decent side.’

The home side are virtually at full-strength for the visit of Kettering, with Brady Norton, Jamie Brown and returning from suspension.

Jamie Ford is the only slight doubt with a calf strain.

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, May, Pearce, Molyneux, King, Woodward, Wilde, Dunford, Smith, Igoe, Bennett, Wooden, Martin, Ford, Brown, Wilson, Norton.

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