Next up for Boro on Tuesday night is a trip to Privett Park to face a Gosport Borough side fighting to secure their Conference South status.
A run of four unbeaten league games came to an end with a 2-0 defeat at home to Concord Rangers for Boro, before a 1-0 away win at Dover Athletic on Tuesday saw them settle in 15th place going into Tuesday’s encounter.
Ahead of the game, Manager Spencer Day told BBC Surrey:
“We’ve won three and just got beat on Saturday – it was a poor performance on Saturday but I don’t want to take anything away, it was a bad day at the office, there were a number of factors. I think we are running slightly on empty, we’ve got to 43 points, we do need another win or two and we’re playing one of the form sides in the division – they’ve won an awful lot of games recently Gosport and all credit to them and they’ve dragged themselves well out of the relegation zone. It’s a very difficult place to go, we have to be very physical, we’re young, we’re not the biggest side and we’re going to have to man up very quickly for another very difficult away match.
“I think we’ve got to realise that we are incredibly young, and inexperienced, and we’ve taken some lads from a lower level of football and we will have some off-days. It’s old news about our situation this season. I was very disappointed with our performance on Saturday, where we were pretty much bullied from start to finish. But we realise that it’s a very difficult game against Gosport away. They’ve got great form, and we have to realise that we have to raise it against all sides in the division – the old cliché is ‘there’s no easy game’, certainly Gosport away at the moment is a very difficult game and we’re better than we showed on Saturday.
“We’ve had a very good couple of weeks and we can’t win every game, as much as I desperately want us too, and perhaps it’s a little bit of a wake-up call, that as much as we’ve been outstanding the last few weeks, the last four-five games, Saturday shows us that we’ve really got to be focuses if we’re going to keep picking up results.
“I think we’ve shown that we’ve done particularly well (this season) – we’ve got 43 points, we’re mid-lower-table which, when it comes to the end of the season; survival is the key. Gosport, when we played them it was a very tight game, they’re having a fabulous run of form, put up a good show to get to the (FA) Trophy Final at Wembley, so we know it’s going to be a very difficult match and we will have to be better than we were on Saturday. We can take a lot of positives from what we’ve done away from home in the last few weeks and hopefully use what happened on Saturday as a wake-up call to focus our attention again.
“I’ve said to the players on Saturday: we’ve still got seven games to go, we’ve had this really good run, which came to an abrupt end deservedly on Saturday – with all things considered; we didn’t deserve to get anything from Saturday. We’ve still got to play seven games and some really tough games: Gosport away, Weston, Bath, Dorchester – big travelling distance away games, and then we’ve got to play some sides that are fighting for their lives at the bottom so we’ve got to make sure we show pride and passion in our performances and it’s an opportunity for players to show that they want to play for the Club next season, to get contracts and look at other players and perhaps a couple of the younger lads – like CJ Fearn whose done very well and then we move forward.
“We’ve got seven games to play and I want to win every single game and we still need a couple more (wins) and we’ve got to focus on some very difficult games certainly this week – two massively difficult games and make sure we get those points as soon as possible and we’ll look to the Summer when it gets to April 26.”
Under manager Alex Pike, Gosport have successfully put a stuttering start to the season behind them to consolidate a low-mid-table position in the league and reach an FA Trophy final against Cambridge United – which despite a valliant effort, they did lose out. Last time out, Gosport overcame Bishop’s Stortford 2-1 in what was their second home game in just three days. Gosport’s home form currently stands at 5 won, 8 drawn and 6 lost.
One to watch: Jamie Brown – 7 goals
Farnborough ran out 1-0 winners in the reverse fixture earlier this season, in a game that saw former Boro striker Dave Tarpey score a late goal on a rare Friday night fixture, but they face a much improved Gosport side this time around.
Stadium Address: Privett Park, Privett Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 3SX.
Kick off at Privett Park is at 7.45pm and Admission Prices are:
- Adult – £12
- Concessions – £8 (Under 10s are admitted free of charge with a paying adult)
- Under 16s – £4
- Match Day Programme – £2.50
At the ground
- The Turnstiles are open approximately 90 minutes before the game and are located on the south side of the ground (pay on the gate) and the east side (season ticket holders).
- The bar (The Inn off the Post) is open before, during and after the game and shows Sky Sports.
- Within the ground, the club shop and tea bar open approximately one hour before the game and are open until full time.
- With the exception of the main stand, all areas of Privett Park are wheelchair friendly.
- A covered viewing area for wheelchairs can be found in the Harry Mizen Stand on the east side of the ground.
- Toilets can be accessed by wheelchairs from both the bar and the ground.
Directions to Privett Park
By Car –
- Leave the M27 at junction 11 and follow the signs “A32 Gosport”. After approximately four miles you will reach two roundabouts in quick succession. Go straight ahead at the first and take the third exit (signposted Alverstoke, Stokes Bay, Privett Park) at the second.
- Follow this road (Military Road) until reaching the roundabout at the Cocked Hat pub. Take the first exit into Privett Road. The ground is signposted on the left after 300 yards.
- Parking is available for approximately 40 vehicles. On street parking is available but we would ask you to park considerately and respect our neighbours. Please do not block driveways.
Public Transport –
The nearest railway station to the ground is Portsmouth Harbour which is served by trains from London, along the south coast and the west country and Wales.
- Gosport Bus Station is situated alongside the ferry pontoon and First Hampshire services 4 (to Southampton), 5, 6 and 9 (all to Fareham) pass within yards of the ground. The journey time from the bus station to Privett Park is approximately 10 minutes.
FaST Supporters Coach
- Adults – £10
- Under 16s – £5.
Skrill South Fixtures – Tuesday 1st April 2014 (All kick off at 7.45pm)
Bishop’s Stortford vs Eastleigh
Dorchester Town vs Maidenhead United
Gosport Borough vs Farnborough
Staines Town vs Havant & Waterlooville
Sutton United vs Boreham Wood
Tonbridge Angels vs Concord Rangers
Whitehawk vs Hayes & Yeading United
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