Gosport Borough complete the preparations for their Conference South debut with the visit of Southern League Weymouth to Privett Park tomorrow (3pm).
Borough welcome Dover Athletic for their league opener in little more than a week.
And Borough assistant boss Mick Catlin reckons tomorrow’s Dorset visitors are the ‘perfect’ opponents at this stage of pre-season.
‘Weymouth are going to be a force in the Southern League and will give us a good physical test,’ he said.
‘This will be more like what we can expect in the Conference South.
‘It is the perfect game for us and should help us go into our league campaign with all guns blazing.’
Borough have had a successful summer, losing just one of their pre-season games – 1-0 against Bognor in their last outing.
Catlin, like manager Alex Pike, was not concerned about the defeat because the performance was good against the Ryman League premier division outfit.
Borough were unlucky when Rory Williams smashed a 25-yard shot against the inside of the post, while numerous other chances went begging.
‘Sometimes you learn more when you lose,’ said Catlin.
‘We performed well enough but failed to put the ball in the net.
‘It brings everybody back to reality – we know we have to work hard for everything.
‘We are all looking forward to getting started now and can’t wait for next week to come around.
‘Most people are tipping us to struggle and go back down but that doesn’t worry us.
‘We are determined to prove a few people wrong by being competitive.
‘The feeling is we have strengthened in the right areas, although there are a few decisions to be made about streamlining the squad.
‘As the season progresses, players may become available so we can add to it, too.’