Mick Catlin is urging Gosport Borough to go on the attack as they look to maintain their Southern League division one south & west play-off push at Halesowen Town (3pm).
Borough’s recent away performances have been far from impressive, and the assistant manager admits his team have been lucky.
At both Taunton and Wimborne, Borough rescued themselves with last-ditch efforts to collect vital points.
‘We cannot afford to leave it until the final 15 minutes before we start playing,’ said Catlin, who could take charge of Borough tomorrow following an injury to boss Alex Pike.
‘I don’t think we can have many more late fightbacks left in us.
‘Sooner or later our luck will run out.
‘We need to take the game to opponents and make sure we start on the front foot.
‘Earlier in the season we were defending better as a unit and grinding out results.
‘We must get back to that because we know if we keep clean sheets we have plenty of goals in the team.’
Borough have been boosted by the return of defender Lee Molyneaux from suspension, and he showed in the win over Paulton Rovers what a key player he can be.
Molyneaux’s do or die attitude rubs off on the players around him and his willingness to put his body on the line is crucial away from home.
He consistently makes important blocks, and in the continued absence of experienced defender Aaron Cook through injury, more and more falls on his shoulders.
Borough will have to do without veteran striker Steve Claridge who has television commitments.
‘It is all very tight at the top and we cannot afford to make many slip-ups,’ said Catlin.
‘But we have a large squad and that will enable us to rotate and keep things fresh.
‘We easily beat Halesowen at our place early in the season but we expect it to be more difficult at their place.’
Pike may be missing after being tackled by one of his own players in last week’s game.
Pike was sent flying by Dan Woodward as the midfielder tried to prevent the ball going out. He has been laid up all week with damaged knee ligaments as a result.