McAllister wants a clean sheet from Gosport Borough against Poole Town 

Gosport Borough manager Craig McAllister. Picture: Neil Marshall
Gosport Borough manager Craig McAllister. Picture: Neil Marshall
Share this article
Have your say

GOSPORT BOROUGH are aiming to upset the form book when they welcome Poole Town to Privett Park in the Southern League premier division south tomorrow night (7.45pm).

Craig McAllister’s side's 3-2 defeat to Beaconsfield Town on Saturday was their sixth successive loss. 

It meant Borough slipped to 14th in the division and are only six points above the relegation zone.

After last season’s struggle to avoid the drop, Gosport are keen to dodge another dogfight.

In contrast, Poole are within a point of the top five after their 1-0 win over play-off rivals Taunton Town.

McAllister knows his side need to show big improvements to overcome the Dolphins.

The boss accepts it is vital Borough rediscover their winning touch – and keeping a first clean sheet in five games is the priority.

‘We have let in 22 goals in our past 10 games and that is way too many for my liking,' said McAllister.

‘Going forward we have scored 18, but we can't keep having to score three or four goals to win a game.

‘When we won 1-0 at Sittingbourne and Harrow I thought we had cracked it.

‘It shows that you can't take anything for granted in this league.

‘We have to keep working hard and be prepared to put our bodies on the line.

‘A lot of talking has been done and now it is time for players to walk the walk.

‘I truly believe things will change, but we have to cut out the silly errors which are proving costly.

‘This is a difficult test for us but there are no easy games in our league.’

Centre-back Sam Roberts, who made his debut against Beaconsfield after arriving from Winchester City last week, is expected to continue.

James Harper is also set to start in midfield after rejoining Borough. 

McAllister will assess the fitness of Ryan Case, who was a second-half substitute against Beaconsfield. 

The right-back recently underwent surgery before moving back to Privett Park last week.