Gosport aim for Cup progress

18/08/12''Sammy Igoe in action for Gosport Borough against Barwell at Privett Park in the first game of the season.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122773-7)

18/08/12''Sammy Igoe in action for Gosport Borough against Barwell at Privett Park in the first game of the season.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122773-7)

Aaron Dawson. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Gosport aim to give loyal fans something to cheer at home

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GOSPORT head to Bashley looking to put right some recent wrongs in the FA Cup.

Alex Pike’s men are aiming to kick off a good Cup run with victory over their Southern League premier rivals (3pm).

In recent years, Borough have suffered embarrassing exits at the hands of Moneyfields, Erith & Belvedere and East Preston.

‘Our recent track record in the FA Cup has not been great,’ said assistant manager Mick Catlin.

‘At least this time we are up against a side from our own league and we know all about them.

‘It is important that we do well for a number of reasons.

‘A win would boost the confidence, morale and financial state of the club.

‘It is about time we got it right in this competition.

‘There needs to be a different mindset for cup games and we have to be mentally prepared.’

Borough suffered a 3-2 home premier division defeat by Chippenham last time out.

Alex Pike’s men paid the price for individual errors.

Conceding two penalties in the opening 15 minutes did not help their cause and Catlin is demanding an improvement.

‘Our decision making needs to be a lot better,’ he said.

‘If we can sort that out, then we have more than enough quality to start winning games.

‘In spells we have looked very good and all our games so far have been close-fought encounters.’

In the league, Borough fought out a 0-0 draw with Bashley at Privett Park.

But striker Steffan Gaisie can be a key addition as they look for the win.

‘We know Bashley are solid at the back and it will be tough to break them down,’ said Catlin.

‘But being at home they will need to come out and attack us a bit more and hopefully we will be able to exploit that.

‘We have got the pace up front to do that now Steffan Gaisie has come in.

‘A liitle bit more inventiveness may be required to make the breakthrough.’

Injured pair Chris Holland (knee) and Jamie Brown (Achilles) are likely to miss out.

Gosport: Ashmore, Woodward, Molyneux, Cook, Poate, Wooden, Smith, King, Igoe, Bennett, Gaisie, Wilde, Jones, Norton, Cox, May, Brown.

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