Gosport Borough manager Mick Catlin had double cause for celebration this weekend. On Friday, the transfer embargo was lifted from his Privett Park outfit – allowing him to bring in Jamie Thompson and Lee Molyneaux.

And then 24 hours later he watched his troop chalk up a maiden Southern League premier division victory of the season. Borough defeated fellow relegation strugglers Dunstable Town 1-0 on home turf.

Newcomer Thompson, signed from Hamble Club, netted the decisive goal as Catlin’s side closed the gap on their rivals to two points at the foot of the table. The boss is now hoping the progress on and off the pitch will act as a catalyst for his troops.

Catlin said: “It wasn’t much of a game quality-wise but the most important thing was getting the win. There was a lot of pressure out there and we froze a bit in the second half.

“We looked a bit anxious – which under the circumstances was not really surprising. Our opponents went down to 10 men early on but we never made our numerical advantage count. From the club’s point of view there is great relief to finally get moving in the right direction. The win puts us back in touch at the bottom with three games in hand.”

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