Gosport gunning for Trophy exit

22/10/2011 (SPORT)''Action from the match between Gosport Borough FC v Sholing on Saturday 22nd October 2011 at Privett Park.''Pictured is: (right) Gosport's Brett Poate during the match.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113777-4214)
22/10/2011 (SPORT)''Action from the match between Gosport Borough FC v Sholing on Saturday 22nd October 2011 at Privett Park.''Pictured is: (right) Gosport's Brett Poate during the match.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113777-4214)
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Injuries are big concern but defensive errors also worry Hawks

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Gosport Borough are intent on causing an FA Trophy upset as they take on Blue Square Bet South outfit Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium (3pm).

In-form Borough are unbeaten in their past six games and believe they can cause an upset in tomorrow’s third round qualifying tie.

Gosport have risen to seventh in the Southern League division one south & west to get their promotion push on track.

Recent results have included a 5-3 success over Wimborne Town and last Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Abingdon United.

Despite their early exit at the hands of Moneyfields in this season’s FA Cup, Borough have made steady progress in the Trophy to date, seeing off Slough Town, Sholing and Godalming Town so far.

And despite going in as the underdogs against Dorchester tomorrow, Gosport boss Alex Pike has vowed his men are not planning for their journey to end.

He said: ‘We are enjoying a good run and won’t be going down there just to make the numbers up.

‘As the underdogs, we won’t be under any pressure and can go and enjoy the occasion.

‘It should be a good game.

‘At the moment, things are going well for us and I am pleased with the application and mental strength of the players.

‘The injury situation hasn’t been good but the players coming in have done the job.

‘We have developed a pattern of play that suits us and have organised ourselves at set-pieces.

‘The result is we have dug out a few results and the confidence is high.’

Pike hopes to have former Hawk Brett Poate (groin) and Aaron Cook (hamstring) back in his defence for tomorrow’s journey to Dorset.

Meanwhile, veteran Steve Claridge is also expected to reappear following a rib injury.

The former Pompey boss and striker has proven to be an excellent addition to the Privett Park ranks since joining the club last month.

The 45-year-old has netted three times for the club so far and Pike is confident the likes of Claridge will prove key if his men are to pull off a victory.

‘We are hoping to have a few of our experienced players back and that could prove the key,’ said Pike.

‘There are players in our ranks who have been there at this level and their experience will be invaluable.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Hards, Jones, Cook, Molyneux, Martin, Poate, Wooden, Wilde, Way, Ford, Kirby, Bennett, Claridge, Langworthy, Laycock, Woodward.