Gosport face tough task to focus on Eastbourne

Jamie Brown. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133613-305)
Jamie Brown. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133613-305)
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FA Trophy finalists Gosport Borough must turn their attention back to their Skrill South survival battle as they welcome Eastbourne Borough to Privett Park tonight (7.45pm).

Borough have to shelve thoughts of their trip to Wembley next month as they are in the midst of a crucial relegation scrap.

Alex Pike’s team are bottom of the league, six points adrift of safety but with up to seven games in hand on some of the teams above them.

The manager knows he has a tough task on his hands.

He said: ‘Getting my players’ mindset right for this game is probably my toughest job so far this season.

‘There is a lot of euphoria in our camp and no doubt a lot of the players went out and celebrated.

‘We have to get our feet back on the ground because there is a lot of important work still needed to be done.

‘I am determined that we won’t end up doing a Wigan Athletic – getting relegated after a Wembley final.

‘At least there is a month between now and our big day.

‘During that time I will let the players know they are playing for their places in the team at Wembley.

‘If they don’t do it in the league games they won’t deserve their place in the final.’

Experienced midfielder Jamie Brown is back from suspension.

And Steve Ramsey, Jonte Smith and Ian Richardson are available again after being cup-tied at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Horndean host Verwood Town at Five Heads Park looking to get back to winning ways in the Wessex League premier division.

Dave Carter’s side were beaten 1-0 by AFC Portchester on Saturday.

‘We are playing well enough but not putting our chances away,’ said Carter.

‘It is vital we start learning how to win games.’

Carter is boosted by the return of central defenders Tom Chapman and Dan Ayres from injury.

AFC Portchester face AFC Totton in the Russell Cotes Cup at Wicor Rec (7.45pm).

The Royals have already knocked the Southern League side out of the Hampshire Senior Cup this season.