Gosport will be raring to go after welcome break

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GOSPORT BOROUGH are hoping to use their two-week break from Vanarama National League action to recharge their batteries.

Borough’s scheduled game at Wealdstone this weekend was postponed because their hosts were in FA Cup action against Colchester United.

Alex Pike’s men were offered the chance to host Dartford in a rearranged game but the offer was declined.

The break gives Borough an extra week in their bid to get some of their injured players back.

After an excellent start to the season which took Borough up and around the play-off places they have suffered a dip in form.

That has seen them slip to 12th in the league.

But they are still only five points behind the top five.

Assistant manager Mick Catlin believes Borough needed to regroup after their thumping 6-2 home defeat at the hands of Hemel Hempstead.

And they can look forward to soon having midfielder Ben Harding and defender Andy Robinson available again.

‘We have had a number of players on the pitch carrying niggly injuries,’ said Catlin.

‘At the same time we have a couple of key players close to returning from long-term injuries.

‘While we wanted to get back playing as soon as possible following our heavy defeat it is a welcome breather.

‘We know when we get back into action it is important we start grinding out results again.’

Borough will return to action against struggling Weston-super-Mare at Privett Park on Saturday.

Harding and Robinson are hopefully soon going to be ready and Catlin is convinced their comeback will make a huge difference.

He said: ‘Ben Harding has been out with a hamstring problem and we are cautious about bringing him back too soon.

‘We have lacked a little creativity in midfield and he possesses that in abundance.

‘He can give us that extra bit of class needed at this level.

‘Andy Robinson hasn’t played yet this season because of a foot injury.

‘He is a big physical presence and he can also play a bit.

‘If we can get these two back as soon as possible it could prove crucial for us.’