Catlin: Gosport must focus on league task

18/08/12''Jamie Brown in action for Gosport Borough against Barwell at Privett Park in the first game of the season.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122773-6)
18/08/12''Jamie Brown in action for Gosport Borough against Barwell at Privett Park in the first game of the season.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122773-6)
Andreas Robinson. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Gosport Borough turn their attention back to league duty against Cambridge City at Privett Park tomorrow (3pm).

In midweek, Borough were magnificent as they knocked Bath City out of the FA Cup.

Now the task for manager Alex Pike and his assistant-boss Mick Catlin is to keep the players focused on their Southern League premier division campaign.

‘We were so proud of our players after their FA Cup giantkilling and it was thoroughly deserved,’ said Catlin.

‘In the second half, Bath were blown away and had nowhere to go.

‘It is vital, though, that we don’t get too carried away with it and what lies ahead.

‘We musn’t allow our Cup run to become a distraction.

‘Now we need to focus on picking up points because our cup games have seen us slip behind a little in the league.

‘We have been pleased with the level of performances in the league games but results haven’t always reflected that.’

Borough are yet to win at home in the league, drawing one and losing four.

The demolition of Bath City, however, should give them the confidence to break their duck at home against Cambridge City.

The visitors are currently just two places below Gosport in the premier division table.

Midfield-general Jamie Brown played an influential role in midweek as Borough saw off their Blue Square Bet South opponents.

But he is carrying a knock below the knee and Borough may rest him.

James Ford, however, is available to step in and Borough have other experienced figures like Aaron Cook who can do the job.

Pacy striker Stefan Gaisie trained during the week and looks ready if called upon.

‘This is an important game for us because we want to be looking to move up in this league,’ said Catlin.

‘It is an unforgiving league and you need to lose only two or three on the trot and you can fall a long way.

‘We are confident that we are starting to turn the corner allbeit in cup games so far.’

GOSPORT: Ashmore, Woodward, Martin, Brown, Molyneaux, Poate, Igoe, Smith, Wooden, Bennett, King, Ford, Wilde, Norton, Cook, Stow, May, Gaisie.