Borough determined to continue run

Mick Catlin
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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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Gosport Borough make the short trip to face FA Cup heroes AFC Totton in the first round of the Red Insure Cup tonight.

Borough striker James Taylor comes back into the reckoning after getting married last week, and assistant manager Mick Catlin predicts a few changes to the line-up.

‘We have a large squad so it will be a chance to give some of the fringe players an opportunity,’ said Catlin.

‘Also players like Taylor and Liam Sewell need to get some minutes in.

‘We are on a good run picking up points in the league and still in the FA Trophy. It is important that we try to keep this going.’

Horndean manager Dave Carter believes his side can continue their climb up the table as they visit Blackfield & Langley in the Wessex League premier division.

The boss, below, is hoping that his team make it easier for themselves for a change by not falling foul of the officials.

In both their last two games Horndean have had players sent off in the first half.

It is a testament to their character that they still came away from Laverstock & Ford at the weekend with a 5-2 win, but Carter would like a smoother run.

‘If we can keep 11 players on the pitch there is no reason why we can’t come away with something from Blackfield,’ said Carter.

‘It is an important month with nine games coming up but fortunately we have started to get some more players back from injury.’

Wing-man Louie Bell will be looking to get one over on his dad, who manages the Waterside team, having recently made the move back to Horndean.

The visitors are also boosted by the return of Aaron Fennemore, Nathan Paxton, Torr Spicer, Bryn Mckie and Gary Austin to their squad – all having suffered recent injury problems.

Fareham Town visit Alresford Town looking to get back to winning ways after defeat at Romsey at the weekend.

‘We have got to go there and show some character,’ said Reds boss Matt Parr.

‘I might freshen things up by making a few changes as some of the lads who came off the substitutes bench at the weekend did well.

‘Hopefully we will keep playing our football.’

Central midfielder Rob Pitman is ruled out by suspension.

Rock-bottom Hayling United are unlikely to get much respite as they host league leaders Bemerton Heath Harlequins at Hayling College.

Lee Paul’s team suffered a 6-0 mauling at Alresford last time out and will need to make a dramatic improvement to keep the visitors at bay.

Division one outfit United Services go to premier division Alton Town looking for an upset in the Wessex League Cup.

The Sailors came from behind to smash six goals past Hythe & Dibden in their previous game and boss Bob Brady is confident his side can give a good account of themselves.

‘If we can start well we can give anybody a game,’ said Brady.

‘By being positive, I am sure we will give them a run for their money.’