Poate warns team-mates it’s ‘win or bust’ time

Gosport Borough defender Brett Poate
Gosport Borough defender Brett Poate
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Poate: It’s win or bust for Borough

Borough’s Southern League premier division play-off ambitions have been badly dented by three consecutive defeats.

The 1-0 loss at the hands of Hitchin Town at the weekend saw Borough slip-out of the play-off frame and needing a quick return to winning ways.

Poate has picked up a calf injury and is gutted to be ruled out for at least two weeks.

The defender, however, is backing his team-mates to re-ignite their play-off hopes.

‘It’s win or bust time,’ said Poate.

‘We have got two big games, with play-off-rivals Stourbridge coming to Privett Park at the weekend.

‘If we can win our two home games this week then it will put us back in with a shout.

‘Losing would make it very difficult for us.

‘But we have got five games left and we are determined to make the most of the situation.’

Poate picked up his calf injury at training last week and missed the defeat against Hitchin.

He has played nearly 50 games this season and the busy Easter schedule of three matches in six days finally took its toll.

The display at Hitchin was Borough’s poorest for a while and the loss of form couldn’t have come at a worse time for Alex Pike’s side.

Bedford arrive on the south coast looking to complete a league double over Borough, having won 1-0 at home earlier in the season.

Poate accepts his team-mates now face a real test of character to get back on track.

‘We set ourselves up on a pedestal with our long unbeaten run,’ said the defender.

‘It is how we react to our current situation that is important.

‘There are plenty of experienced characters in the squad who have been in this situation before.

‘I’m sure they will help see us through it.

‘The important thing is that we are all sticking together.

‘Promotion opportunities are not easy to come by so we want to make sure we force our way back into the play-off frame.’