Gosport determined to gain revenge on Cambridge

Dan Woodward

Dan Woodward

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Gosport Borough are aiming to avenge a home loss when they go to Cambridge City tomorrow (3pm).

City won 1-0 at Privett Park with a late goal earlier in the season.

Borough are a different proposition now, though, and will be looking to extend their 21-game unbeaten Southern League premier division run.

Manager Alex Pike has tasked them with making a late push for the title and they will aim to show their quality tomorrow.

Results in midweek saw Borough, who were without a league game, slip to sixth and out of the play-off places.

They are one point behind Weymouth, with a game in hand, so another win will keep them on track.

‘It is important that we keep winning to maintain the status quo,’ said Pike.

‘Cambridge are having a bit of a wobble, having lost three of their past four games.

‘Despite this, they are still pushing for the play-offs and they know a win will have them breathing down our necks.

‘We have to go there determined not to let that happen.’

In midweek, Borough beat Wessex premier hosts Bemerton Heath Harlequins in the Russell-Cotes Cup.

Top-scorer Justin Bennett benefited from a run out after a long spell away.

In his absence, striker Rory Williams has been on song.

Teenage-talent Dan Woodward has also stepped up and scored twice at St Albans –his first coming after just 12 seconds.

Pike is full of praise for the way the 18-year-old starlet, who was scouted by Pompey earlier this season, has made a place in the side his own.

‘He (Woodward) is a prime example of the success of our academy and the hard work of Tony Stares,’ said Pike.

‘Stares has got 43 students in the academy and we are looking for more young players to come through.

‘Hopefully more and more youngsters in the area will see what they can achieve, like Dan has, through hard work.

‘Part of the blueprint at the club is to produce youngsters who can grow with us.

‘Dan has been superb with his pace and controlled aggression adding a new dimension to the side.

‘He started at right-back, moved to right-midfield and now holds down the left-side of midfield.

‘I have no doubts the lad can go on and play at a much higher level. Hopefully he will be able to do that with us.’

Danny Smith misses the trip with a hamstring problem.

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