Pearce: Gosport are moving through the gears

Sam Pearce.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (15002-11)

Sam Pearce. Picture: Paul Jacobs (15002-11)

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Experienced defender Sam Pearce reckons Gosport Borough are improving all the time ahead of their pre-season friendly against Weymouth at Privett Park (3pm).

Pearce is predicting a tough National League South this term but is confident the team will do well.

Borough just missed out on the play-offs last season.

‘With the players that have been brought in we have a lot more strength in depth,’ said Pearce.

‘That is what cost us last season, because when we had a few injuries and suspensions we were left scratching around a bit.

‘We have had a good pre-season and looked sharp in our win at Poole Town.

‘Our league is going to be a lot tougher this season because of some of the clubs who have come up into it.

‘Some of them have been spending a fair bit of money.

‘The game against Weymouth is important because I should imagine the manager will want to field a side close to his starting line-up for the first league game.

‘It will be important that we keep building up the relationships and partnerships on the pitch.’

AFC Portchester play their final friendly against an AFC Bournemouth Development squad at Wicor Rec (1.30pm).

Royals manager Graham Rix is delighted with the progress his squad have made during the summer and is relishing taking on the Wessex League premier division club’s youngsters.

‘We are pleased Bournemouth have come back because we had a real good game against them last season,’ said Rix.

‘They will be fit and technically very sound and will give us a good test.

‘We have been getting better and better every game.’

Rix is without one or two players who are away on holiday but has a squad of 19 to choose from.

Moneyfields visit Sussex County League Pagham, while Fareham Town take on Downton at Wick Lane (3pm).

Petersfield Town continue preparations for their first ever season in the Southern League with a trip across the Solent to face the Yachtsmen of Cowes Sports.

The Rams are without Ollie Searle and Harry Wedlake, who picked up injuries in the 3-3 draw against Badshot Lea.

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