Moore challenges on road for Gosport

Stefan Moore celebrates scoring for Aston Villa against Charlton Athletic in 2002
Stefan Moore celebrates scoring for Aston Villa against Charlton Athletic in 2002
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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GOSPORT BOROUGH have to shackle hosts St Neots Town if they are to return to winning ways in the Southern League premier division (3pm).

The free-scoring Cambridgshire outfit have netted 42 goals in 17 games so far.

Former Aston Villa hitman Stefan Moore leads the line for the third-placed side – illustrat-ing the goal threat they pose.

Gosport have got the form to grab a result, though.

The Privett Park outfit have been beaten just once on the road all season.

But despite going into the game on the back of a five-match unbeaten run, Borough remain just one place and two points above the drop zone.

The side’s inability to turn draws into wins is threatening to derail their first season back in the premier division.

And assistant manager Mick Catlin has called on Gosport to deliver a much-needed win.

‘By drawing our last four games all we are doing is chipping away at the problem,’ he said.

‘Draws would be okay if we were backing them up with wins at home but we’re not.

‘What we need to move up the table is back-to-back wins.

‘There’s an opportunity to do that in home games against Frome and Kettering.

‘St Neots are a tough proposition, though.

‘They are good at home both attacking and defensively.

‘We must go there with the intention of breaking them down and staying solid at the back.’

Borough are hoping Sammy Igoe will recover from a dead leg, while Danny Smith is the only long-term absentee with a hamstring problem.

Justin Bennett is expected to return to the starting line-up after coming off the bench in the 0-0 draw against Hitchin Town last weekend.

The striker scored in the 3-0 Hampshire Senior Cup victory over Blackfield & Langley on Tuesday and has netted in four of the last five league games.

A fully-fit Bennett can make all the difference for Borough – who will need his predatory skills at St Neots.

‘If we are going to upset St Neots, we will have to be better in wide areas,’ said Catlin.

‘We need to deliver better balls into the area and take our chances when they come along.’