Gosport determined to make it perfect 10

Tom Dunford impressed against Totton

Tom Dunford impressed against Totton

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Gosport Borough are determined to finish the year on a high by extending their fine form at Redditch United in the Southern League premier division (3pm).

Borough made it nine games unbeaten with a hard-fought 1-0 local derby win against AFC Totton on Boxing Day.

Justin Bennett hit a spectacular winner to lift Borough up to 10th place, only six points off the play-off spots.

Redditch, by contrast, are struggling and sit second from bottom in the table.

‘This is a winnable game, and having gone nine games unbeaten, it would be disappointing to lose this one,’ said assistant boss Mick Catlin.

‘We have picked up a bit of momentum and obviously want to keep that going into the new year.

‘It is a long trip but when you are in good form you look forward to it.

‘We are confident that we can go there and win, even though we have already lost to them this season.

‘Since then we have cut out making the silly individual errors that were costing us dearly.

‘Redditch are a hard-working, dogged side so we will have to go there prepared to match their work-rate.’

The visitors have Danny Smith back from suspension to bolster the midfield area alongside Jamie Brown, who had a big influence against Totton in his first game back from a ban.

Midfield is a strength for Borough at the moment, with Tom Dunford also in-form.

He picked up the man-of-the-match award for his efforts on Boxing Day.

Striker Bennett is grabbing all the headlines with his goals but the superb displays from goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore have not gone under the radar either.

‘Nathan kept us in the game against Totton with three top-class saves,’ said Catlin.

‘He was a big catalyst in our promotion last season and is doing equally well again this year.

‘The lad is still only 22 and has the best years ahead of him.

‘I’ve not seen another goalkeeper in our league that is anywhere near as good.

‘We still can’t believe the Hawks were prepared to let him go.’

Catlin believes Borough can maintain their improvement and become realistic play-off contenders.

He added: ‘It is now time for us to push on and make sure that we get up and around the play-offs where we want to be.’

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