In-form Borough out for revenge

Adam Wilde
Adam Wilde
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Gosport Borough aim to extend their impressive unbeaten run in the Southern League premier division at Chippenham Town tomorrow (3pm).

Borough are unbeaten in 11 league outings, with their last defeat coming against Bideford at the start of November.

That run has shot the Privett Park side away from the drop zone and in contention for a play-off place.

And assistant-manager Mick Catlin insists his squad have a steely determination and the confidence to stretch their form further.

‘We are going well and enjoying everything at the moment,’ said Catlin.

‘A winning run like this breeds confidence and we don’t fear anyone at the moment.

‘We have built up some momentum and that has brought the best out of the players and taken us up the league.

‘It has been a collective improvement that has seen us cut out the individual errors and take a greater percentage of our chances.

‘We knew once we did that we would start winning games.’

Borough are also intent on exacting revenge for an early-season defeat at the hands of their hosts at Privett Park.

It was a game littered with errors but Catlin is confident his side can retaliate with a win of their own.

‘We are looking to get on the front foot and take the game to them,’ said Catlin.

‘The aim is three points.’

One player having a huge influence on Borough’s improved performances is the experienced figure of Adam Wilde, who was a professional at Cambridge United earlier in his career.

The left-sided midfielder scored both goals in Borough’s latest league win – a 2-0 triumph over Bideford last weekend.

His first goal was a cheeky chip over the goalkeeper from the edge of the area, with the second a free-kick curled around the defensive wall and into the top corner.

‘I don’t think any others in our team are capable of scoring goals like that,’ said Catlin.

‘We have asked for more goals from midfield to take the pressure off Justin Bennett.

‘Adam and Sammy Igoe are probably our two most creative players and now they are weighing in with goals.’

Borough are forced to make one change after central defender Sam Pearce was recalled by the Hawks earlier this week.

It is a blow to Gosport after Pearce had settled in well.

However, both Aaron Cook and Brett Poate are able to play in the heart of the defence.

‘I know some people at the Hawks questioned Sam’s fitness but he has looked trim and strong for us,’ added Catlin. ‘We didn’t want to lose him and his departure is a bit disappointing.’

Apart from Dan Wooden, who is on holiday, Borough have a full-strength side to choose from.

Gosport: Ashmore, King, Molyneaux, Poate, Martin, Cook, Wilde, Smith, Brown, Dunford, Igoe, Bennett, Wilson, Ford, Norton, Woodward.