Gosport must find goal touch in cup tie

18/08/12''Justin Bennett in action for Gosport Borough against Barwell at Privett Park in the first game of the season.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122773-3)
18/08/12''Justin Bennett in action for Gosport Borough against Barwell at Privett Park in the first game of the season.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122773-3)
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 aiming to halt a four-game winless run against Blackfield & Langley in the Hampshire Senior Cup at Privett Park tonight (7.45pm).

The Southern League premier division hosts will start as favourites against the Wessex League premier division outfit.

But they have been misfiring in front of goal in recent matches.

Assistant boss Mick Catlin feels it is time for that to change.

He said: ‘We must look to score goals and get back to winning ways.

‘Though we will start as favourites we are not expecting an easy game.

‘Blackfield had a good run in the FA Cup this year and they will be keen to take our scalp.

‘In Ashley Vickers they have an experienced boss and they have some good players in their squad.

‘We have to make sure we are on our game because it is important we start winning again.’

Borough hope to have midfield general James Ford back.

He missed the disappointing 0-0 draw with Hitchin Town at Privett Park on Saturday due to a calf injury.

Striker Justin Bennett could return to the starting line-up.

Injury restricted him to just 20 minutes as a substitute against Hitchin.

Borough hope his return can provide the lift they need.

Horndean face a daunting tie at Southern League premier division side AFC Totton (7.45pm).

Manager Dave Carter will be without suspended trio Chamal Fenelon, Joe Noakes and Kev Chatfield.

Their problems worsened at the weekend when experienced defender Tom Chapman failed to turn up for the match with Totton & Eling on Saturday.

As a result, Carter will find himself short of centre-backs.

However, the Horndean boss is hoping his patched-up side will put on a good show and relish their tag as underdogs.

‘It is a tough place to go even with a full-strength squad,’ said Carter.

‘We seem to raise our game when we are the underdogs against top teams.’