Gosport challenged to be a knockout success – again

Justin Bennett. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122773-3)
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Gosport are targeting more knockout success as they visit Slough Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy (3pm).

Borough already have a big FA Cup date booked with Bath City next weekend.

But Mick Catlin insists that will not be a distraction.

Instead, he is determined to see Gosport chalk up another success over Slough – after knocking the Southern League central division side out of the competiton last term.

‘We beat Slough 3-1 at home last year but know it will be more difficult away from home,’ said Catlin.

‘We are expecting them to give us a difficult game.

‘This is a competition we feel we can do well in but we are ready for a tough game.

‘Slough may play one level below us but they are one of the bigger-spending teams in that division.

‘They also reached the play-offs last season, so they will not be pushovers.

‘The key to it is remaining solid at the back and not offering them any encouragement early on.

‘If the home sides in these ties score first it allows them to get their tails up.

‘We can’t afford to give any silly goals away.

‘The aim must be to keep it solid and frustrate them.

‘If we can keep it tight then we possess the flair players to unlock them at the other end.

‘In these situations, opportunities will eventually come along.

‘We have match-winners in our ranks and our away record has been good so far this season.’

At times this term, Borough have paid the price for not taking their chances.

But they will not be afforded that luxury against Slough tomorrow.

They hope to be boosted by the return of pacy frontman Steffan Gaisie following a hamstring injury. If he is passed fit, Gaisie will partner Justin Bennett up front.

Bennett showed with his recent double at Chesham he is getting back to his old self.