Borough hope to settle score with Barwell

Gosport's Jamie Brown is fit to play
Gosport's Jamie Brown is fit to play
Gosport Borough's Alfie Lis conceded a second-half penalty

Borough lose ground as they concede five again

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GOSPORT BOROUGH are looking to settle a score when they travel to Barwell tomorrow (3pm).

Alex Pike’s team are in fantastic form in the Southern League and have not tasted defeat in their past nine matches.

They made the trip to high-flying Leamington on Tuesday and recorded a smashing 3-1 success.

That came on the back of a 7-0 drubbing of Kettering at Privett Park.

Barwell, though, got the better of Borough on the opening day of the season.

The team from Northamptonshire netted in the third minute of stoppage-time to secure a 2-1 success at Privett Park and break Borough hearts on their first match after promotion.

They suffered a blip in midweek, losing to Kettering but, all the same, Borough are ready for a test of their mettle.

Assistant boss Mick Catlin said: ‘Barwell are a big, physical side, so we will have to be prepared to go toe to toe with them.

‘If we can do that, then hopefully the quality football we have been producing will come to the fore.

‘Their defeat by Kettering in midweek was a big shock so they will be looking to put things right.

‘Confidence is high in our camp after winning at Leamington, who were second in the league and unbeaten in something like 26 games.

‘They were a good side but we beat them by displaying a good work ethic and playing some outstanding football.

‘Leamington were not allowed to get into their stride and we didn’t allow them to play.

‘We didn’t stand off them and instead we took the game to them.

‘Even when they pulled a goal back we refused to buckle and raised our game again.

‘It was a pleasing, dominant performance.

‘We must look to do the same to Barwell.’

Borough have climbed up to 11th spot, just five points adrift of the play-off places.

The aim for them is to maintain progress over the busy Christmas schedule and head into the new year as realistic play-off contenders.

The management have maintained all season that their team are better than their lowly league position suggested.

Now they have found their feet and are starting to prove they can be a force by beating the top sides.

‘The challenge now is to keep it going,’ said Catlin.

‘It was frustrating when we kept drawing so many games but we knew the wins would come.

‘Over the next three games we want to cement our position in the top half and not slip back down.

‘We like to think we are heading upwards.’

Danny Smith misses the trip due to suspension but Borough have been boosted by the return to fitness of Jamie Brown and James Ford.

‘We are virtually at full strength and have plenty of options,’ added Catlin.