Borough out to prove a point

Gosport striker James Taylor
Gosport striker James Taylor
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Injuries are big concern but defensive errors also worry Hawks

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Gosport have a point to prove as they travel to Cinderford Town in the Southern League south & west division (3pm).

The west country side recently won 2-0 at Privett Park and Borough feel they have a score to settle.

But Mick Catlin is still expecting the home side to pose a serious physical challenge.

‘We are going there to prove we are a better side than we showed at our place,’ said Gosport’s assistant manager.

‘Cinderford are a big, physical side and we know it won’t be an easy afternoon.

‘We know exactly what to expect but we are capable of standing up to the challenge.

‘There are players in our squad like Aaron Cook, Brett Poate, Nathan Kirby and James Taylor who play a physical game and who are in good form at the moment.

‘When Cinderford came to us we were low on confidence and failed to create any chances.’

And with Borough determined to set the record straight, they have been working extra hard on the training ground.

‘They had a big six-foot-five striker who scored one and created their other goal,’ said Catlin.

‘On the day we didn’t handle him but we have been working on strategies to deal with him this time around.

‘We feel we can go there with nothing to fear.’

Experienced defender Cook came through the Hampshire Senior Cup tie at Totton & Eling without any reaction to his hamstring injury so is expected to start.

Midfielder George Way, however, picked up a nasty-looking ankle injury and is a doubt.

‘If we have any aspirations to do anything at the end of the season, we have to be able to go to places like Cinderford and get something,’ said Catlin.

Gosport Borough: Pryce, Jones G, Molyneux, Cook, Poate, Martin, Wooden, Wylde, Ford, Kirby, Taylor, Bennett, Hards, Sewell, Way, Norton