Catlin: Don’t panic about our form

Gosport assistant boss Mick Catlin. Picture: Mick Young (102365-12)

Gosport assistant boss Mick Catlin. Picture: Mick Young (102365-12)

Lee Bradbury has led the Hawks to the Ryman League premier division title and promotion to National League South. Picture: Mick Young

Hawks clinch promotion as Borough are relegated

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Gosport continue their pre-season programme when they play host to North Leigh at Privett Park tomorrow (3pm).

Borough have won just once this summer, as they prepare to play in the Southern League premier division for the first time since 1990.

But Catlin remains in optimistic mood.

He has insisted the pre-season campaign is not about results but how the squad performs.

And the former Gosport player, who featured the last time the club played at this level, is pleased with the progress being made.

‘We’re not interested in results,’ said Catlin, who continues as manager Alex Pike’s second in command.

‘We’re looking more at how we play and we’re pleased with how it’s going so far.

‘Pre-season is about fitness and learning about the new players.

‘We’re looking at who’s going to fit in to what we want to achieve.

‘Now we are starting to whittle down the squad to who is going to start the first game.’

Borough come into the new season off the back of last term’s dramatic play-off victory at Poole Town.

Since then, the side have strengthened with the signings of ex-Pompey midfielder Sammy Igoe and centre-back Chris Holland, who both turned out for the Hawks last term.

‘Sammy has come from a higher division and added more experience to the side,’ said Catlin.

‘He’s added quality to our free-kicks and deliveries.

‘It is something special to have a player of that calibre in the squad.

‘Chris also comes from a higher division and gives us more options at the back.’

Catlin added: ‘We’re certainly not going into the season with the mindset that fourth from bottom is good enough.

‘We are looking to consolidate our place in the higher division and possibly push for a play-off spot.’

Meanwhile, the Hawks have travelled to Ireland on tour this week.

They take on Garda tomorrow (3pm) and then on Sunday they will face League of Ireland outfit UC Dublin (midday).

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