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Gosport Borough lost to Stratford. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
Gosport Borough lost to Stratford. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
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Gosport Borough will be keeping a close watch on the weather ahead of their rearranged Southern League premier division game at Bishop’s Stortford on Tuesday (7.45pm).

With heavy snow forecast across areas of the country, Borough want to avoid making another long wasted journey.

Alex Pike and his squad have already made the trip once this season only to have the game postponed half an hour before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Pike needs his team to display far greater urgency than in their disappointing home defeat by Stratford Town.

That defeat left Borough four points adrift at the bottom of the league.

They still have two games in hand on relegation rivals Dunstable Town but they are running out very quickly.

Pike realises the importance of the game.

‘Every game for us until the end of the season is a cup final,’ said the Borough boss.

‘We need to provide a greater goal threat going forward.

‘At the same time this needs to be tempered with us needing to be hard to beat.’

In the Wessex League premier division Horndean are aiming to upset title-challengers Andover Town at Five Heads Park (7.45pm).

Michael Birmingham is looking for his side to bounce back after their 1-0 defeat at Lymington Town.

Steve Leigh is demanding greater desire and discipline from Baffins Milton Rovers ahead of their game at Amesbury Town (7.45pm).

Leigh was hugely disappointed by the 3-1 home defeat against Brockenhurst.

‘We need to pick our game up,’ the Baffins boss said.

‘Players have to understand at this level they are coming up against better and more organised teams.

‘The team didn’t do themselves justice in the last game. We keep gifting teams goals and can’t afford to keep doing that.’

AFC Portchester are expecting an awkward challenge from division one visitors Andover New Street in the Wessex League Cup quarter-finals.

The Royals will start as favourites but joint-manager Mick Catlin revealed they are planning to mix up the team and utilise their squad.

He said: We will be putting out a strong team and at the same time give a chance to some players who have not been getting in.’

The home side are hoping to have Jake Morgan back in central midfield after injury.

In division one United Services Portsmouth take on Romsey Town at the Bypass Ground.