Catlin: Young guns can help lift Borough

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Gosport Borough are getting ready for a roller-coaster second half of the season as they battle for Skrill South survival.

Borough are also in the last 16 of the FA Trophy and the quarter-finals of the Hampshire Senior Cup.

Their trip to Sutton was postponed on Saturday and the fixtures are piling up.

Assistant manager Mick Catlin reckons the key to success lies with their ability to juggle their small squad.

He also believes it will be a time when the younger players can make their mark.

‘It looks like we are going to be playing twice a week between now and virtually the end of the season,’ said Catlin.

‘We have played the least number of games in the league and might still have to add on extra cup ties.

‘It is a concern when you only have a small squad, leaving you worrying about the impact of injuries and suspensions.

‘Fortunately, we have a lot of big characters in our squad who will want to play every game.

‘That might not always be possible and our job is about managing the situation.

‘Another factor will be our younger squad members, who will certainly be able to deal with the tough schedule.

‘We will want to bring them in, at times, to freshen things up.

‘There are players like Dan Woodward and Jack Barton who fit that bill.’

Woodward, 19, was a regular in last season’s promotion side but has found his chances limited this season with the arrival of more experienced players.

Borough value the youngster so much that he is on a contract.

‘Dan is learning all the time and knows he will get his chance,’ said Catlin.

Midfielder Barton has already impressed on occasions when going on as substitute.

He is sure to get further opportunities in the next few months.

Borough are scheduled to host Hayes & Yeading on Tuesday night but more rain will leave the match in doubt.

After that, Alex Pike’s side travel to Hungerford Town in the FA Trophy, looking to reach the quarter-finals.