‘We need people to turn into leaders on the pitch’ insists Molyneaux as Gosport aim to halt winless streak

Gosport Borough are desperate to kick-start their bid for the Southern League Premier South play-offs as Weston-super-Mare visit Privett Park on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Monday, 27th January 2020, 3:20 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 3:23 pm
Matt Paterson netted for Gosport Borough against Merthyr at the weekend

To achieve that, Lee Molyneaux insists his team must regain their belief.

Borough have not won for six games and have slipped to ninth - eight points adrift of the play-off places having played more games than the teams around them.

Molyneaux believes his side are at a pivotal point.

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'We are still in the chasing pack, as are our opponents and the teams around us,' he said.

'From this point, some will fall away and others will push on and challenge.

'We have to make sure that we are in the latter category.

'This is a huge game for us.

'I am looking for a reaction from my team after the draw against Merthyr.

'After getting ourselves in front we lost our way and were fortunate not to lose.

'We clearly have the ability in our squad but it is down to a lack of belief.

'That is strange considering the experienced players we have who have played at a higher level.

'Once we went in front, the game plan went out of the window and you cannot afford to do that.'

Molyneaux is hoping to have experienced midfielder Theo Lewis back in the squad after injury.

He has been a big miss for Borough in recent games and might provide the extra leadership the team currently needs.

Game management is an area that has worried Molyneaux in their winless run.

'We need people to turn into leaders on the pitch,' he remarked.

Borough will need to be wary of their visitors who sit immediately below them in the league.

The Seagulls will be looking to make amends for a 6-1 home thrashing against Hayes & Yeading at the weekend.

Though disappointed with just a point against Merthyr, Molyneaux came away with some positives.

Both his strikers - debutant Rudi Plummer and Matt Paterson - scored and goalkeeper Pat O'Flaherty was in inspired form after recovering from injury.

'Yes, we need a win,' stated Molyneaux. 'But we are also looking at the bigger picture and need a much improved performance.'