Ashmore out to keep Hawks at bay

Nathan Ashmore is hoping for derby success on Boxing Day
Nathan Ashmore is hoping for derby success on Boxing Day
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Gosport have taken a lift from Craig McAllister's leadership. Picture: Keith Woodland

Gosport encouraged ahead of Redditch trip

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Nathan Ashmore has told his former club: I have nothing to prove to you.

The Gosport Borough goalkeeper returns to Westleigh Park on Boxing Day for part one of the the mouthwatering Skrill South derby double-header over the festive period.

But while Ashmore knows the importance of the game to Borough’s hopes of continuing their climb away from relegation trouble, he is determined not to get carried away by making a point to the club who decided he was surplus to requirements.

Ashmore said: ‘There are a few of us going back to Westleigh Park but we don’t feel we have anything to prove.

‘I think we have already done that, winning back -to-back promotions to get into this league.

‘We have all been looking forward to this game and hopefully will go and get a result.

‘We have picked up recently and our success in the FA Trophy has boosted confidence still further.

‘The feeling is we are getting to grips with Skrill South football and winning our last three league games has helped us pick up some momentum.’

Alex Pike’s side go into the game as underdogs, eight points behind the Hawks in the table with one game in hand on their rivals.

But they have found their defensive mettle in recent weeks with Ashmore playing a key part in their improved performances.

He said: ‘We have kept five straight clean sheets and have been playing well.

‘The players are determined to stay up and even push towards a mid-table position.

‘These are important points on offer in the next two weeks and we will go to Westleigh Park in a positive manner looking to win.

‘It isn’t an easy place to go and they have a strong team but we have a bit about us to get something.

‘We have learned that you have to work hard to get a result in every game.

‘As a team we keep digging in and never give up.

‘The team spirit is fantastic through the squad.

‘We need to show that again in a game that a lot of people have been looking forward to, ever since we got into this league.’