Poate determined to seal Boro promotion

Gosport Borough defender Brett Poate
Gosport Borough defender Brett Poate
Ollie Pearce scored for Bognor in their match today. Picture: Tommy McMillan

Bognor get first win in six months

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DEFENDER Brett Poate is determined to help Gosport Borough keep their remarkable unbeaten run going until the end of the season.

Borough made it 23 games without defeat in the Southern League premier division by grinding out a 2-0 win at Redditch on Tueaday night.

That also extended their proud record of one defeat on the road this term – a run of form they’ll be keen to further when they travel to Frome Town tomorrow (3pm).

Despite the Borough players’ growing confidence, Poate knows that won’t be easy after the two sides drew 0-0 at Privett Park in January.

‘Every team we come up against have the added incentive of wanting to end our run,’ said Poate.

‘At the moment, though, confidence is so high in our squad I can’t see us getting beat.

‘We are going into every game looking solid at the back and dangerous on the attack.

‘All the players are enjoying themselves and that comes with winning games.

‘We have eight games left and, obviously, would like to stay unbeaten for the rest of the season.’

Borough played some of their best football of the season at Redditch in difficult conditions.

The pitch was like a ploughed field in places, but Poate and his team-mates stuck to their task and came through unscathed.

The conditions are likely to be equally awkward at Frome, where the sloping pitch is also likely to be heavy underfoot.

It may be a case of Borough having to remain patient in their bid to break the home side down.

But Borough have been devastating on their travels recently, and at Cambridge City last Saturday could have been five or six goals ahead by half-time.

The visitors have Jamie Brown suspended and Aaron Cook is a doubt with a groin strain.

‘It is important that we keep sticking to what we have been doing,’ said Poate.

‘If we can keep picking up points we know we will make the play-offs.

‘The players will be disappointed if we don’t make it after our great run.

‘We would fancy ourselves against any of the other top teams.

‘We have no intention of losing again this season but if we do have a setback then we have the experience in the team to deal with it and bounce straight back.

‘There is a great blend of youth and experience in the team.

‘It is great for me because I have young Dan Wooden in front of me and he is young enough to do the running for both of us.’