Borough resources stretched for derby date

Mick Catlin Picture: Dave Haines
Mick Catlin Picture: Dave Haines
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Mick Catlin revealed Gosport Borough have few options for change ahead of their Portsmouth Senior Cup semi-final against the Hawks at Westleigh Park.

Borough were unable to add to their squad before the transfer deadline closed because of a transfer embargo imposed by the National League.

This means Alex Pike’s side have limited resources going into the final fortnight of the season.

‘This game is not at the top of our list of priorities,’ admitted assistant manager Catlin.

‘It might be a chance to try some of the youngsters who have been warming the bench in the last month or so.

‘Loan players and obviously cup-tied players are not available for the game.

‘That means goalkeeper George Legg is ruled out so young keeper Lewis Watch is likely to get an opportunity.

‘There are also the likes of Connor May and Connor Hore who have had a taste of senior action lately.

‘We don’t have the scope for making too many changes.

‘Once we arrive, however, we will want to win the game because there is the chance of a final at Fratton Park at stake.

‘Also, it would be nice to get back on a winning track after our 6-1 thumping at Chelmsford City.

‘There were few positives we could take out of that game and it would be nice to put it to bed.’

Meanwhile, in the Wessex League premier division, Horndean have switched their home game against Cowes Sports to the all-weather surface at Alton Town’s Anstey Park ground.

The venue has been changed to give the Five Heads Park pitch a chance to recover ahead of Thursday night’s home game against Newport IOW.

‘Moving the game to a 3G pitch isn’t ideal but with our fixture backlog we have to make sure the game takes place,’ said Horndean manager Craig Pearce.

‘It is a game we need to win if we are to close the gap on the teams above us.’

Horndean are able to bring Lee Tigwell, Ian Humble and Dan Hayes back into the squad after being rested for the last game.

Fareham Town host AFC Portchester, with both teams ready for a late change of venue if it is necessary.

‘If Cams Alders is unfit we will switch the game to our place so at the moment we don’t know where it will be played,’ said Royals manager Graham Rix.

‘It will be a tough game because Fareham have showed they are well organised.’

Moneyfields face a trip to champions Salisbury FC.