Experience is crucial for Gosport

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Gosport Borough are looking to their experienced players to get them through an important four days.

Borough visit old rivals Wimborne Town tomorrow followed by a trip to title-chasing AFC Totton on Tuesday.

After making an unbeaten start to the new year, Gosport have been less convincing in the past fortnight.

They picked up just one point after a defeat at Bishop’s Cleeve and a disappointing home draw against Bridgwater.

The Southern League division one south & west play-offs are still within touching distance, though, and Borough are determined not to slip back.

‘It will be a testing few days,’ said assistant manager Mick Catlin.

‘Wimborne are always a tough proposition because of the connections with our manager Alex Pike.

‘They always want to raise their game to beat any of his teams and have already knocked us out of the FA Trophy this season.

‘We beat them 3-2 at our place in the league and must look to complete the double over them.

‘AFC Totton will be even tougher because I rate them as the best team in our league.

‘The key to the next few days will be our experienced players.

‘We are hoping to have Dave Birmingham, James Ford and James Taylor back from injury and illness.

‘When our experienced players are on their game it helps the youngsters perform around them.’

The return of skipper Birmingham from a thigh strain could prove particularly crucial.

Up front, Gosport have youngsters Liam Sewell and Tom Price and the presence of old head Taylor.

With Ford driving the midfield, Gosport feel they have the quality to boost their points tally.