Aaron Cook could make his comeback as Gosport head to Hungerford for a crucial clash in Southern League division one south & west tomorrow (3pm).
The defender came through a reserve game this week without any reaction to the ankle injury that has seen him sidelined.
With games against the top two – Bideford and Sholing – to follow, this is a crucial period for Gosport.
And Cook’s experience will be important to their success and ongoing push for the play-off places.
Borough currently occupy the final play-off place but despite their eight-point cushion over North Leigh, they cannot afford to slip up.
Gosport dropped two points last week in a 1-1 home draw with Clevedon.
And assistant boss Mick Catlin is calling on Borough to make up the lost ground.
‘I’m hoping the players will have a point to prove after last week,’ he said.
‘We need to go to Hungerford and give it a real go.
‘It is important we don’t lose and leave ourselves looking over our shoulder.
‘At this stage of the season everyone becomes a little apprehensive and it is about grinding out results.
‘Hungerford are in a similar position to us after losing their last game, so it will be a tough contest.
‘Their pitch has an awkward slope down one side and it is likely to be hard and bobbly tomorrow.
‘We drew at our place earlier in the season and they are a physical outfit who don’t give a lot away at the back.
‘It is important we match their physicality and if we do that we have players in our side who can win it.’
Cook’s return is tempered by the absence of veteran striker Steve Claridge, while Liam Sewell starts a three-game suspension.
‘The next three games will go a long way towards defining our season,’ said Catlin.
‘All season we have set ourselves up to be hard to beat away from home and pick up wins at home.
‘Bideford could be coming to us next weekend needing a win to secure the title.
‘We had to suffer AFC Totton winning the title on our ground last season and don’t want the same to happen again.
‘Our aim will be to spoil their party but the focus is making the play-offs because it would be gut-wrenching to dip out at the end.’
Gosport: Ashmore, Hards, G Jones, Molyneaux, Poate, S Martin, Cook, Wooden, Wylde, Ford, Kirby, Bennett, Langworthy, Way, Humble, Lewis