Catlin welcomes Nuneaton Trophy match-up

Gosport Borough defender Sam Pearce
Gosport Borough defender Sam Pearce
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Gosport Borough have been handed a plum draw against Conference Premier high-fliers Nuneaton Town at Privett Park in the second round of the FA Trophy.

It is Borough’s third straight home draw in the competition, and assistant-manager Mick Catlin is relishing the chance to take on the big guns.

‘There are no easy games at this stage and all you can ask for is to get a home tie,’ said Catlin.

‘It is always good to take on a team from a higher level to give us an idea of where we are.

‘If we defend like we did against Concord in the last round then we will give ourselves a chance.

‘They posed a big aerial threat but we dealt with it.

‘Sam Pearce was immense in the middle of the back four and didn’t miss a header all game.

‘It was our second clean sheet in a week, which is pleasing.

‘Mike Gosney is also finding his finishing touch up front.

‘All we need is for a few things to go our way on the day and who knows what might happen.’

Borough are in Hampshire Senior Cup action against Bashley tonight at Privett Park (7.45pm).

The home side are likely to include a number of players returning from injury in a bid to improve their match fitness.

Adam Wilde, Lee Molyneaux, Sammy Igoe and Jack Barton are all likely to figure.

‘With a busy Christmas period coming up, we need to have everyone fighting fit,’ said Catlin.

‘It is an important game for us in that respect and we are also looking to keep our winning run going.’

Wessex League premier division AFC Portchester are expecting a tough tie against holders Alresford Town at Wicor Mill (7.45pm).

‘We know that we will need to be at it for this one,’ said coach Louis Bell.

‘But we have just picked up the Wessex Club of the Month award and will go into it with a degree of confidence.’

The home side are planning to make a few changes to their starting line-up, with a number of players picking up knocks and bruises.