Knockout kings Gosport told to hit hard in the league

Jamie Brown is still out injured for Gosport
Jamie Brown is still out injured for Gosport
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Gosport Borough travel to Weymouth tonight looking to take their cup form into the league (7.45pm).

Borough have a plum FA Cup tie at Bath City on Saturday and have been drawn away to league rivals AFC Totton in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

That is a reward for Saturday’s 4-0 success at Slough Town.

Gosport’s form in the Southern League premier division has been inconsistent, however, and assistant-manager Mick Catlin wants to see an improvement.

‘We desperately need to focus on getting more points on the board in the league,’ he said.

‘Cups can be a distraction but we mustn’t allow that to happen.

‘We must look to carry our cup form into league games.

‘We lost our last league game against St Albans after getting a good win at Chesham.

‘Our league record shows how inconsistent we have been. One of our biggest problems has been a failure to take our chances but there are signs we are starting to get that right.

‘Justin Bennett got a hat-trick against Slough and he looks like getting back to his old self.

‘If we can repeat our last away performance in the league, when we won at second-placed Chesham, then we won’t be too far away.

‘Our priority is picking up points at Weymouth and we won’t think about our game at Bath until then.’

Borough are still without injured pair Jamie Brown and Stefan Gaisie but are likely to give a league debut tonight to new signing Tom Dunford.

Dunford, who has been signed from Winchester City, appeared as a substitute in the FA Trophy tie at Slough on Saturday.

‘He is a 22-year-old who used to be at Southampton and he looks a prospect,’ said Catlin.

‘The lad is a midfield player but can also play just in behind the front two.’