Gosport Borough aiming to push on against Poole

Justin Bennet challenges Pompey's Brandon Haunstrup at Privett Park.  Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography
Justin Bennet challenges Pompey's Brandon Haunstrup at Privett Park. Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography
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After a positive start to pre-season, Gosport Borough will be gunning for a victory at Poole Town tomorrow (3pm).

Alex Pike’s Borough lost to Football League sides Pompey and Luton but gave a good account of themselves in both matches.

Now they are looking to get a win when they travel to Southern League premier division Poole.

Assistant boss Mick Catlin is ready for another good contest.

He said: ‘This will be another good test for us because Poole are a strong side who will be disappointed not to win their league last season.

‘After losing to two Football League teams it is time for us to go and win the game.

‘As much as results don’t matter at this stage we must still be looking to win games.

‘In both our defeats we did a lot of good work off the ball and defended well under pressure at times.

‘Now we need to maintain the progression and start converting more of our chances into goals.’

Borough have been boosted by the arrival of experienced midfielder Ben Harding, from Torquay United, and he has featured well in the games so far.

He has shown he is a good passer of the ball and got on the scoresheet against Luton.

The 30-year-old was released by the Devon club at the end of last season.

Originally from London he is planning to study for a degree and was looking for a semi-professional club that would enable him to do that.

‘We had a look at him in the Portsmouth game and signed him straight afterwards,’ said Catlin.

‘He is very experienced at a higher level.

‘Basically he ticked all the boxes and is a great addition to our central midfield.’

Catlin is looking for Borough to use their extra quality to come away with a win.

He wants the team to tidy up a bit more defensively and achieve a better blend between defence and attack.

Off the field the club have announced a major sponsorship deal.

Barratt Homes, one of the country’s largest residential developers, will join forces with the club’s media operations.

Meanwhile in other friendlies tomorrow, Moneyfields travel to Camberley Town of the Cherry Red Combined Counties League looking to build on their midweek win over Bognor (3pm).

AFC Portchester will make the trip to face Sussex League team East Preston.

Fareham Town head up the A3 to take on Liss Athletic.