Players warned as Borough bid to get back on track

Skipper Dave Birmingham is set to return for Gosport this weekend
Skipper Dave Birmingham is set to return for Gosport this weekend

Carter: Moneys won’t surrender in play-off bid

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Gosport need a committed performance to return to winning ways against Bridgwater Town at Privett Park (3pm).

Two defeats in a week have dented Borough’s confidence and they need a victory to boost their play-off push in Southern League division one south & west.

The defeat at Bishop’s Cleeve in difficult conditions last weekend was the first of the year for Gosport.

Even more disappointing was the midweek exit from the Portsmouth Senior Cup to Wessex League division one side Horndean.

‘There can’t be any room for passengers on the bus for this game,’ said Gopsort’s assistant manager Mick Catlin.

‘We cannot afford to carry anybody if we are to achieve our play-off ambitions.

‘In midweek we learned if you don’t apply yourself it doesn’t matter who you are playing against, they will beat you.

‘Up until last week it wasn’t a problem but after the two defeats, the players are not quite as confident as they were a couple of games ago.

‘At Bishop’s Cleeve, it was individual errors which cost us but at Horndean it was a case of our more experienced players having a nightmare.’

Gosport have the influential figure of Dave Birmingham back tomorrow after a thigh strain and his presence will make a big difference.

Left-sided midfielder Liam Crook starts a two-match ban, with Adam Wylde and James Taylor still out injured.

‘We feel we owe Bridgwater one because they beat us earlier in the season,’ said Catlin.

‘It would be a shame to slip back now, having dragged ourselves back within touching distance of the play-offs.’

Gosport Borough: Hutchings, Brown, Birmingham, Cook, Ward, Cox, Castle, Arnold, Ford, Jones I, Price, Sewell, Lynch, Smith, Wooden, Robinson.