Gosport Borough’s assistant manager Mick Catlin believes the club have recruited the firepower to secure a National League South play-off spot this season.
Manager Alex Pike has attracted a trio of goal-getters in Ben Wright, Chris Flood and Warren Bentley to the club and Catlin has revealed Borough hold no fear in unleashing all three on their opponents from the off as they look to share the goals around the side this term.
Speaking to Jeff Marshman of The News, Pike’s right-hand-man said; “We relied too heavily on Justin [Bennett] for goals in the past.
“His record speaks for itself but I would like to see the goals shared around the side a little bit more. And I think with the players we brought in that’s going to be the case.
“Ben Wright is an experienced player and has been around some big clubs and a regular scorer in the Conference South for Maidenhead. He is just the type of player we need. He is a big lad at 6ft 3in and has a big presence but he is also nimble on his feet and knows where the net is.
“With him, Chris Flood and Warren Bentley, who scored a lot of goals for Winchester a couple of levels below, I feel we have goals all around the side.”
And by playing with a diamond formation, Catlin has seen Gosport get the best out all three newcomers.
He said: “We have been playing with a diamond in midfield with Warren just behind the strikers, which I feel is his best position. I think we have found a system where we can incorporate all three.
“Because of the financial difficulties of last year we have gone for a smaller tighter squad but with better quality. ‘Hopefully we don’t get a lot of injuries.”
“The aim is the same as the last two seasons – to get in the play-off spots. Big-hitters Ebbsfleet will be the favourites and there will be several others with promotion aspirations ‘But for a club like ours to get in the play-off places would be a big achievement and I feel this squad is capable of doing that.”