Gosport keeper offered Pompey chance in bumper triallist fixture

'FOOTBALL GOSPORT BOXING DAY (SPORT) MRW 26/12/2012 ''Match at Privett Park Gosport on Boxing Day afternoon between 'Gosport Borough FC (yellow+blue+blue) v AFC Totton (blue+yellow+yellow)''Gosport Borough goalkeeper made some superb saves - Nathan Ashmore ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (124166-5536)

'FOOTBALL GOSPORT BOXING DAY (SPORT) MRW 26/12/2012 ''Match at Privett Park Gosport on Boxing Day afternoon between 'Gosport Borough FC (yellow+blue+blue) v AFC Totton (blue+yellow+yellow)''Gosport Borough goalkeeper made some superb saves - Nathan Ashmore ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (124166-5536)

Carl Baker scores Pompey's winner against Mansfield Picture: Joe Pepler

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Nathan Ashmore is to get a Pompey run-out in a game with crisis-hit Aldershot.

The Gosport Borough keeper is among 15 triallists who have been invited to play for a Blues XI in a July 10 match at the Shots.

The behind-closed-doors fixture will allow Guy Whittingham to assess a number of potential signings.

In addition, Aldershot will be given the opportunity to snap up any performers who may catch their eye.

The struggling club today face a winding-up order and, if they survive, boss Andy Scott has just four players on his books.

Pompey assistant Steve Allen is close friends with Scott and views it as a chance to help them out on the playing front as well as aid the Blues.

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike and Hawks counterpart Lee Bradbury are also set to attend the game at Aldershot’s training ground in scouting capacities.

Joining keeper Ashmore in Pompey’s line-up will be former France under-21 duo Herold Goulon and Malaury Martin and ex-Chelsea apprentice Adam Phillip.

Allen will take charge of the Pompey team and will be assisted by new Blues player recruitment consultant Darren Simmons, allowing Whittingham to assess the players from the stands.

And he believes the fixture could pay dividends for all clubs concerned.

‘Some agents have been very good to us and have asked us to look at a few of their players,’ he said.

‘But very quickly it became clear the numbers had become too high to look at. Andy Scott is my friend and I suggested getting a game against them as they barely have any players at present.

‘We want to help them, they are a good club and if we can assist in any way we will do that.

‘So we are taking a team of 15 triallists up there – and Aldershot as well as Gosport and the Hawks can have a look.

‘We are still looking for a couple of players ourselves, so will have first refusal.

‘But it allows the other clubs to also see if they fancy following up any of the players on display.

‘In the case of Gosport and the Hawks, we want to do right with people who have looked after us when we have been in trouble.

‘And with Aldershot, if it can help them raise a team this season that will be fantastic.’

Gosport have long insisted they will not stand in Ashmore’s way if there is the opportunity to break into the Football League.

As a result, they have given the keeper permission to feature.

Others set to play are former-Spurs player Hayes Thomas, ex-QPR defender Jake Downs and the one-time Exeter City right-back Kevin Amankwaah.

One familiar name is Charlie Oatway, the son of the former Hawks player of the same name who until recently was Gus Poyet’s assistant at Brighton.

Oatway junior was released by the Seagulls this summer.

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