O’Flaherty back in goal as Gosport aim to return to winning ways

Gosport Borough return to Southern League Premier South action against fast-improving Hendon at the Avenue Park Stadium (3pm).

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 3:20 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th January 2020, 3:22 pm
Ben Dudzinski has left Gosport to sign for East Grinstead. Picture: Keith Woodland

Borough have not played for a fortnight after their last game against Salisbury was called off due to the Wiltshire club’s FA Trophy commitments.

Manager Lee Molyneaux is hoping for a change of fortune for his side who have won only one of their last seven games.

That run has seen Borough slip to ninth - five points adrift of the play-off places and having played more games than their promotion rivals.

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Molyneaux knows his team can ill-afford to slip further adrift of the top five.

Hendon will be a tough proposition after winning their last two games 4-0 and 3-0 - and they have only lost one of their last six matches.

When the two sides met at Privett Park in August, Borough won with a George Barker strike.

In their last game at Taunton on January 4, Borough conceded three goals - only the second time they had shipped more than two in a league game this term.

Molyneaux wants his team to get back to their solid defensive play that has earned them the second best defensive record in the league - just 22 goals conceded in 24 games.

Their biggest problem has been the number of games drawn - eight - which is the highest in the league.

‘We need to get ourselves back on a winning run,' said Molyneaux.

'I felt we played well at Taunton, we were the better team.

'The final result didn't reflect the performance.

'Though it was disappointing to lose, there were plenty of positives to take forward into the rest of the season.

'Confidence is still high in the camp and there is a belief that we can reach the play-offs.'

Borough welcome keeper Pat O'Flaherty back after injury, but Ben Dudzinski - who had deputised in goal since early December - has followed striker Sam Argent out of the door.

While Argent made his Hartley Wintney return last weekend, Dudzinski has signed for East Grinstead of the Isthmian South East League.