Borough need to find goal touch

Justin Bennett
Justin Bennett
Hawks striker Jason Prior celebrates hitting the target for the first time since November. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (181103-1)

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Gosport Borough bid to regain their scoring touch as they entertain Evo-Stik Southern League South & West new-boys Poole Town at Privett Park today (3pm).

Borough need to bounce back after the disappointment of losing 2-1 at North Leigh, their first defeat of the season.

‘The Poole game is like a local derby for us and a lot of the players know each other,’ said assistant manager Mick Catlin.

‘Our players were disappointed to lose at the weekend and are hoping to put together a few more wins.

‘We have not really been firing up front and in the last couple of games mistakes at the back have cost us goals.

‘Striker Justin Bennett will be the first to admit that he has missed a number of chances and Dan Wooden has looked lively up front.

‘There is a lot more to come and we know that we can do a lot better.

‘A win against Poole would give us a lot of confidence going into our FA Cup game at Moneyfields at the weekend.’

At North Leigh on Saturday, Borough found themselves pinned back, playing up the slope in the first half.

The home side raced into a two-goal lead.

Playing with the slope, it was a different story for Gosport in the second half.

They had more of the game but could only manage a 77th-minute goal from George Way.

Owen Elias was denied a goal when his 30-yard strike, destined for the top corner, was pushed away by the home goalkeeper.

Borough are likely to rest full-back Brett Poate today after he pulled up with a recurrence of his groin strain and they are without Dave Birmingham (calf) and James Taylor (back).