Gosport not giving up for ‘mission impossible’

Sam Foster in action during Gosport & Fareham's win over Wimbledon last weekend
Sam Foster in action during Gosport & Fareham's win over Wimbledon last weekend
Gosport and Fareham on the attack in their win over Farnham / Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Backs-to-wall effort sees Gosport hold what they have

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Gosport & Fareham refuse to accept their trip to runaway London one south leaders East Grinstead is a ‘mission impossible’.

The Sussex side are unbeaten and have amassed more than a thousand points from their 21 games.

East Grinstead have steamrollered the opposition, including 93 points against Trojans last weekend, and opened up a 15-point gap at the top of the league.

Relegation-battling Gosport & Fareham are taking their strongest available squad, looking to pull off what would be a huge shock.

‘Tomorrow is going to be hard,’ said Gos head coach Scott Ashley

‘It’s another massive game and we are very much the underdogs but we were last Saturday.

‘People saw we were playing Wimbledon and maybe thought the best we would do was scratch a bonus point out of it but we beat them.

‘We are playing the team that are the runaway leaders but nothing is impossible.

‘Maybe we might be able to upset the apple cart!

‘Against bottom club Old Colfeians, we slipped up on the banana skin and now we have to try to do the same to the leaders.

‘We are going up there with our strongest squad who are hungry and have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

‘East Grinstead are walking this league and it is quite evident they are a National League side.

‘How and why they’ve got there is irrelevant and another story but things change in sport and we have got our belief and passion back.

‘When you believe and fight for everything there is always a chance.

‘A win is a big ask but we need to keep the momentum and the attitude from last week and, even if we don’t win, we need to play well.’

Gosport & Fareham will take heart from their hard-fought 26-20 win over fourth-placed Wimbledon last weekend.

The victory kept their survival hopes alive, moving them to within three points of Cobham with five games left to play.

Haywards Heath, Havant and Beckenham are also within six points reach, so whatever happens this weekend it won’t kill off Gosport’s chances.

With Cobham hosting Beckenham in a key relegation clash, Gosport know one of them at least will remain within reach.

Ashley has confidence in his rapidly-improving team and still believes they can pull off a great escape.

‘Our win over Wimbledon proved we are good enough to stay in this league,’ said Ashley.

‘I have said all along that we can do it.

‘Hopefully we can make up for some of the mistakes we made earlier in the season.’