Claridge back for second Borough outing

Mick Catlin. Picture: Mick Young

Mick Catlin. Picture: Mick Young

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STEVE CLARIDGE is poised to make his second start for Gosport Borough when they entertain Mangotsfield at Privett Park (3pm).

The former Pompey front man made a dream debut for Borough last weekend, scoring the winner in his new side’s FA Trophy victory over Sholing.

And Gosport assistant boss Mick Catlin believes the 45-year-old will improve as a result of his first run-out.

‘He will benefit a lot from that,’ said Catlin.

‘He’s very fit anyway and keeps himself in good shape, but it’s not the same as playing games – the more matches he plays the better he will get.

‘Last week, not having played for a while, it was a case of playing his way into the game.

‘He was finding his bearings for a bit but then he scored on about 27 minutes and that kicked him off confidence-wise.

‘He just got better and better after that – you don’t lose the quality.’

With a fully-fit squad available, Catlin confirmed that Borough expect to name an unchanged side for tomorrow’s clash.

He added: ‘We are six games unbeaten and have a good home record, so we are confident of getting a result.’

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