Gosport told to keep the party going

Gosport Borough assistant manager Mick Catlin   Picture: Dave Haines
Gosport Borough assistant manager Mick Catlin Picture: Dave Haines
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Mick Catlin has called on Gosport Borough to end their historic season in style tonight.

Borough take on Lymington Town in the final of the Russell-Cotes Cup at Privett Park (7.45pm), just three days after their dramatic Southern League premier play-off final victory.

Gosport edged Hemel Hempstead on penalties to seal promotion to Blue Square Bet South, which will be the highest level the club have played at in their 69-year history.

Catlin reckons the support shown by the numerous Borough fans who made the journey up from the south coast were key to his side cementing their second promotion on the trot.

Now Gosport’s assistant manager wants the supporters to turn up again – along with those who couldn’t make it to Hemel Hempstead – to cheer Borough to a victory and celebrate another season of success.

But Catlin has warned his Gosport team not to take Wessex League premier division side Lymington lightly.

He said: ‘Monday was a day to remember in the history of this club and I am just one of many local people who want to continue the celebrations with all the fans who have played their part this season.

‘None of them wrote us off when things didn’t go our way and here we are a Conference South club – unbelievable if you consider where we were as a Wessex League club just a few seasons ago.

‘Strangely enough, it’s against a Wessex League side that we finish this season and they will be coming here to try to spoil our party, so we need to focus as a team and do what is necessary to beat them.

‘Like every cup competition, to get to the final of the Russell-Cotes Cup is important to us as a club, but more important is to go out and win it and complete a fantastic season.’

Catlin added: ‘As yet, the team hasn’t been finalised for tonight, although I expect several of our younger players to be involved.

‘It’s their chance to show the manager Alex Pike how competitive they are in getting the job done.’