Gosport gunning for play-off spot

Gosport Borough striker Justin Bennett

Gosport Borough striker Justin Bennett

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Promotion-chasing Gosport Borough have the perfect incentive when they host Thatcham Town in the Southern League division one south & west tomorrow (3pm).

Sixth-placed Borough know a win at Privett Park would see them leapfrog their fourth-placed visitors and earn a place in the play-off zone.

That would round off a near perfect week for Alex Pike’s side, following their goalless draw with second-placed Hungerford Town on Monday night.

As expected, that was a tight affair under the Privett Park floodlights, and assistant-manager Mick Catlin is expecting a similar affair against Thatcham.

‘We drew 0-0 at Thatcham in our second game of the season and they have the best defensive record in the league,’ said Catlin.

‘It might be a case of being patient and taking the opportunities when they come along.

‘Against Hungerford, defences remained on top but we will look to be a bit more expansive in a bid to open Thatcham up.

‘At the same time, we must remain solid at the back and not leave any gaps.

‘We know we have got the ability in the side to score goals.

‘Justin Bennett has had a quiet couple of games and is due a goal or two.

‘And we know if we want to get above Thatcham we have to beat them.’

Borough are waiting on the fitness of veteran striker Steve Claridge, who is struggling with a groin problem, while hamstring-troubled Adam Wild is the only other doubt.

Nathan Kirby is back in central midfield from illness and got an hour under his belt against Hungerford.

However, Lee Molyneaux sits this game out due to a one-match suspension.

‘It is important that we win because we are trying to pick up our momentum again after the Christmas blip,’ said Catlin.

‘We have still only lost three times in the league, though.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Hards, Lewis, Cook, Molyneaux, Way, Poate, Ford, Kirby, Arnold, Wooden, Bennett, Claridge, Langworthy, Sewell, Martin, Woodward

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