Catlin fires warning to knockout visitors

Tim Sills, second right. Picture: Mick Young (132839-07)
Tim Sills, second right. Picture: Mick Young (132839-07)
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Gosport Borough aim to make home advantage count as they host Nuneaton Town in the FA Trophy second round at Privett Park (3pm).

Assistant boss Mick Catlin believes the draw gives his side half a chance of reaching the last 16.

The visitors, who are currently fourth in Skrill Premier, will start as firm favourites but Borough are determined to make life difficult for them.

And Catlin reckons the tie comes at the right time.

‘We’ve hit a bit of form and are unbeaten in our last three games,’ he said.

‘It puts us in the right frame of mind to tackle Nuneaton who are a good side.

‘We had them watched in their 1-0 win over Hereford last week and they are a well-organised outfit.

‘But we have not been letting goals in and have been taking our opportunities when they have come along.

‘We have gone back to basics and shown a bit more nous.

‘The team has shown the ability to grind out results and will probably have to do the same in this tie.’

Nuneaton, with just five defeats in 22 league games, will provide Borough with a formidable test.

But the home side have displayed great battling qualities in recent weeks and that should stand them in good stead.

Confidence is growing in the camp and, as underdogs, they have little to lose.

The home side are hoping to have experienced pair Tim Sills and Andy Forbes back from injury and Dan Woodward recovered from illness.

Sills and Forbes will increase the experience in the squad, which could prove to be an important factor.

With Justin Bennett, Dan Wooden and Rory Williams doing well up front in the 2-0 win at Concord, Borough have plenty of attacking options.

Meanwhile they will need to keep a tight rein on Town striker Lewis Moult, who has scored 12 goals this season in the Skrill Premier.

‘This is the furthest we have ever been in the competition and we are looking forward to the tie,’ added the assistant manager.

‘We won’t sit back looking to soak up the pressure because we are not that sort of side.

‘Our aim will be to take the game to them and try to rattle them early on.

‘All the pressure will be on them and if we can unsettle them, who knows what might happen.

‘With players coming back we will also have options to change things at different times if we need to.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Molyneaux, Poate, Brown, Pearce, Richardson, Dunford, Smith, Wooden, Bennett, Williams, Gosney, Barfoot, Wilde, Barton, Igoe, Sills, Forbes