GOSPORT BOROUGH chase an elusive first home win when they take on Banbury United in the Southern League premier division tonight (7.45pm).
Alex Pike’s men have so far failed to claim a three-point haul in the league at Privett Park this season.
But Banbury are just one point ahead of them in the table and assistant-boss Mick Catlin sees the clash as vital.
He said: ‘From our point of view, this is a must-win game if we are to start climbing the league.
‘Once we get that first home win under our belt, I am sure we will be up and running.
‘It is vital that we beat the teams in and around us in the league, though Banbury will probably come to try to disrupt us.’
Borough can take heart from their 3-3 draw with leaders Hemel on Saturday.
The Privett Park outfit hit back from 3-1 down to claim a point.
Catlin added: ‘We need to carry on from where we left off in the last 25 minutes against league-leaders Hemel Hempstead.
‘If we can do that, and cut out the individual errors, then we won’t be too far away.
‘Our best form of defence at the moment is attack and we will look to get on to the front foot against Banbury.’
Striker Justin Bennett is showing signs of getting back to his goalscoring best.
He was on the mark in Saturday’s draw, along with Adam Wilde and Sam Pearce.
Experienced midfielder Sammy Igoe is making a big impact in the centre of the park.
He teed up Bennett’s goal that reduced the deficit to 3-2, before Pearce’s last-minute strike secured Borough a point.
‘Sammy has lots of experience and a superb touch on the ball,’ said Catlin.
‘We are looking to get him on the ball in the right areas because then he will make an even bigger difference.’
James Ford has returned from a three-game loan spell with Moneyfields and shone against Hemel after regaining match fitness.
Now Catlin is hoping Borough can pick up three precious home points.
‘Our home defeats have all been by odd goals so we are looking for that little bit of a change of luck,’ he added.