Catlin looks to the positives

Gosport's Dan Wooden. Picture: Paul Jacobs (121054-5)
Gosport's Dan Wooden. Picture: Paul Jacobs (121054-5)
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman (170972-31)

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Mick Catlin was disappointed to see Gosport Borough slip from their high standards at Privett Park on Saturday.

The assistant boss reckons the hosts were well below-par as they fought out a 1-1 draw with Clevedon Town in Southern League division one south & west.

Borough goal-getter Justin Bennett cancelled out Reeko Best’s 75th-minute opener.

But Gosport could not push on and further strengthen their play-off claims with a win.

Catlin, though, was quick to look to the positives.

‘At the end of the day, we had enough chances to have won the match,’ said Alex Pike’s assistant.

‘But Clevedon’s keeper made the difference with some very good saves.

‘We knew they would come here and get struck in.

‘And even though we fell behind, I always thought the lads would get level and go on to win.

‘But I have to say we stepped back from being at our best, which was disappointing to say the least.

‘We are still wedged in a play-off position, though, so taking a point isn’t such a bad thing.’

Borough failed to deliver for more than 300 fans – the largest gate at Privett Park this term.

Best’s goal was just one of a host of chances the Clevedon striker had during the clash.

But Borough staged something of a comeback as Bennett got on the end of a swirling corner from Ellis Martin to plunder the equaliser.

On a better day, the hosts may have been out of sight at that stage had Steve Claridge and Bennett made more of their chances.

Meanwhile, Dan Wooden’s luck was out as he saw his long-range blast come back into play off the post.

Much the same could be said for the west country visitors, though.

They looked the better side for long periods – despite boss Micky Bell having to name himself alongside his 12 fit players on the teamsheet.

But in the end matched Borough with their wastefulness in front of goal.

And clearly frustration was rife when Claridge appeared to headbutt an opposition player – although he only received a booking in a game that won’t live long in the memory.