Catlin: We must not dwell on FA Cup woe

James Ford, left
James Ford, left
Jason Prior, centre. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

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Gosport must put their FA Cup disappointment behind them as Cinderford Town visit Privett Park in the Southern League south & west division tomorrow (3pm).

Borough were knocked out of the Cup by Wessex League Moneyfields last weekend.

But Mick Catlin insists they must move on quickly.

‘We cannot afford to dwell on our FA Cup failings,’ said the assistant manager.

‘It has been a tough week and we have assessed where we think things went wrong.

‘After scoring first and getting ourselves into a position to win we should have had enough about us to do so.

‘When they equalised, though, we didn’t respond.

‘We only had ourselves to blame but have to take it on the chin and regroup.

‘Our record in the FA Cup has been dismal and it is hugely disappointing for everyone at the club.’

Borough now need to focus on the league and improve on an indifferent start.

Cinderford will present a physical test but Catlin is hoping his players can redeem themselves and regain some of their confidence.

The hosts may be without their captain Aaron Cook, who is rated 50-50 after going off with a hamstring injury early in the Cup-tie.

Injury is also likely to rule out full-back Brett Poate but there is good news in other areas.

James Ford returns from a calf injury, while ex-Hawks midfielder Shaun Wilkinson turned out for the reserve team in midweek.

If Wilkinson can prove his fitness a deal with Borough looks likely and he could provide them with a ball-winning presence.

The league is Gosport’s bread and butter and after failing to maintain a push for the play-offs in the last couple of seasons, they intend to make it third time lucky.

‘We have made no bones about the fact we want promotion,’ said Catlin.’

‘It is important we start putting together back to back wins and get up the table.’

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