Gosport must keep on winning

Scott Ashley. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Scott Ashley. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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Determined Gosport & Fareham must keep on winning as they gear up for the London two south west local derby at Tottonians (3pm).

Scott Ashley’s team are already guaranteed a place in the end of season promotion play-off match.

But they still have plenty to play for, knowing they can earn the right to play their decider at home.

Ashley said: ‘I have to admit to having one eye on the play-off game which is likely to be against Maidstone or Medway.

‘We also have to make sure that we keep our win ratio up to earn the right to play that game at home.

‘There is also personal pride at stake because we don’t like losing games.

‘It is nice to be going into a game with no pressure on for a change.

‘I have to be clever about this and use our final two games to get some players fit and avoid injuries to other key players.

‘It will be tough at Tottonians because they are not third in the league for nothing.

‘For us it is all about keeping things bubbling and maintaining the right mind-set to the end.

‘The result won’t affect the positions but we want to make that last little push at the end of a long season.’

United Services have to topple Hampshire one leaders Fordingbridge at Burnaby Road if they want to keep their promotion dreams alive.

Fareham Heathens can seal promotion from Hampshire two with a bonus-point win over Fawley at Cams Alders.

‘We have a five-point lead over Locks Heath Pumas going into the last two games,’ said Fareham’s Chris Lee.

‘Our last game is at Locks Heath and we want to put it all to bed and beyond their reach before then.

‘Though we won at Fawley, we are expecting a competitive game.

‘One thing we cannot afford to do is take them lightly.

‘We didn’t play particularly well beating Aldershot & Fleet in our last game and will need to be better.’

Locks Heath Pumas face a trip across the Solent to meet fourth-placed Ventnor.

Petersfield journey to Aldershot & Fleet in Hampshire two.