Resilience the key for battered Borough

Gosport Borough's assistant manager Mick Catlin. Picture: Dave Haines
Gosport Borough's assistant manager Mick Catlin. Picture: Dave Haines
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Gosport Borough face sending out a ‘patched-up’ side against lowly Wimborne Town for tonight’s Southern League South & West Division clash at Privett Park (7.45pm).

The injury-ravaged squad forced an excellent 0-0 draw at Paulton at the weekend and assistant boss Mick Catlin knows his side need to show the same resilience this evening.

‘It was a tough game at Paulton Rovers because they are a good side,’ said Catlin.

‘We were down to the barebones and had people playing out of position.

‘Our back four were excellent, though, and we put in a real battling performance.

‘Both teams had chances to win the game and we went close to snatching all three points in the final few minutes.

‘It was a good point for us.

‘The problem with playing again tonight is that it doesn’t give you any time to patch players up.’

Justin Bennett almost grabbed all three points for Borough in the final two minutes on Saturday when his shot cannoned back off the post.

Dan Wooden and Ian Jones are both serious doubts after picking up knocks at the weekend, though, Borough hope to have Adam Wilde back from his hamstring problems.

Borough are also waiting to see how Steve Claridge’s back problems have responded after he was forced off in the second half at Paulton Rovers.

Lee Molyneaux and Gav Jones did superbly well in the heart of the defence, with midfielder James Ford forced to play at full-back.

Along with Nathan Ashmore behind them in goal, Borough looked solid and may be forced to continue with their reshuffled defence.

‘We will have to wait and see who is fit and maybe bolster the squad with a few reserves,’ said Catlin.