Time to make work on the training ground pay off for Gosport Borough
Gosport Borough are aiming to put the good training work into play when they hostÂ Taunton Town at Privett Park in the Southern League premier division south on Saturday (3pm).
Borough manager Craig McAllister is hoping the break will allow his squad to regroup and improve results.
It won't be easy against the third-placed visitors.
But Borough showed lots of character and resilience in their 0-0 draw against Chesham United.
McAllister wants his side to maintain that attitude.
The boss said: '˜The free Saturday last weekend gave us an opportunity to work on things in training.
'˜We were also able toÂ rest some of our injured playersÂ giving them some much-needed extra recovery time.
'˜All of the players have trained really hard over the past two weeks and credit to them for that.Â
'˜Now we owe it to ourselves and our fans to start winning football matches and get on a good run to get us amongÂ the top 10.
'˜It was great to get that clean sheet in the last game and it gives us a starting point to work from.
'˜We have been critical of the defence recently butÂ they stood up to the test when we were down to 10 men for the last 30 minutes.
'˜So from that we take belief as a group and continue to work hard for each other.'
Borough welcome Sam Roberts back into the squad and also Matt Casey has recovered from his shoulder injury.
The home side, however, have lost Tony Lee for up to three weeks with a foot injury.
It also looks like Lukas McCartney will need surgery on his knee.Â
GoalkeeperÂ Mark Childs is also unavailable but Borough hope to see him back within the next week or two.
McAllister added: '˜It isÂ a real positive having Sam Roberts and Matt CaseyÂ back.
'˜Our performance against Chesham showed the players cared.
'˜At times going forward we weren't as good as we have been in previous games.
'˜We are determined to work on that and get it right.
'˜It is difficult because we want success yesterday but it takes time and we will get there.'