Mick Catlin prepared for life without Justin Bennett and insisted: We’re not a one-man team.
Gosport Borough’s leading goalscorer is unavailable for the next month due to his forthcoming marriage – an absence which will rule him out of at least five fixtures.
The Southern League’s most deadly hitman has netted 22 goals in all competitions this term.
His exit leaves the Privett Park outfit with a major void to fill in their front line as they gear up to host Chesham tomorrow (3pm).
And with Borough fighting for a place in the play-offs, it is important they don’t lose any of their attacking potency.
Catlin is confident they have sufficient strength in depth, though.
The assistant manager said: ‘We are more than just a one-man team and now we can go out there and prove it.
‘It is an opportunity for others to come in and take on the goalscoring mantle.
‘We have said for a while we want to see goals coming from different parts of the team.
‘Midfielder Adam Wilde showed the way with his two goals that saw us beat Bideford recently.
‘Justin’s goalscoring record speaks for itself but we have to work hard to make sure his absence has a minimal effect.’
Borough do have a number of options they can use – including new signing Peter Macklin.
Macklin, who has arrived from Hungerford, offers a different type of threat.
The tall forward is more of a target man who can bring others into the game.
Meanwhile, Dan Wooden and 18-year-old Sam Wilson – signed from Eastleigh – are also capable of softening the blow to the club’s promotion ambitions.
Gosport are unbeaten in 13 league games – which has taken them from the fringes of the relegation zone to within touching distance of the play-offs.
Progress has been halted by two goalless draws, though, and Catlin is keen to get back to winning ways. He said: ‘We have drawn more games than anyone else in our league.
‘Draws only allow you to maintain a position – they don’t move you forward.
‘It is back-to-back wins that make the biggest difference.
‘Our first priority is to get enough points to make sure we stay in this league.
‘Then if we can finish strongly, like we did last season, then the play-offs become a possibility.’
Gosport Borough: Ashmore, King, Martin, Poate, Molyneaux, Igoe, Smith, Dunford, Ford, Wilde, Wooden, Brown, Macklin, Wilson, Woodward, Cooke, Norton