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Boro aware of "banana skin"

By Brian Seeney

Lowly United arriving "on a little bit of a run" says McAllister

Gosport Borough player/manager Craig McAllister warns about the "potential banana skin" his side face against bottom-of-the-table Chesham United at Privett Park tomorrow (3pm) writes Brian Seeney.

"They've got a new management team that have come in and the players have responded to that," McAllister told me this morning.

"They've made a few changes and brought some new players to the club and have turned the corner.

"So it's not going to be easy. Regardless of where a team is at the bottom of the table or the top of the table, every game is difficult, every game is competitive and they will be coming here with a little bit of confidence. If I'm honest it's going to be a tough game.

"It definitely is a possible banana skin. I'm sure their management team have said it's early in the season and they can turn things around and get to safety so they are coming here with nothing to lose, on a little bit of a run."

United have sunk to the foot of the table with just one win (1-0 at Farnborough a month ago) and two draws in 12 games but will be boosted by their win on penalties over Haringey Borough in their FA Trophy replay last Tuesday evening.

Boro exited that competition last Saturday with a 2-1 defeat against AFC Totton and McAllister knows says side "must not slip up" tomorrow as they return to Evo-Stik South Premier Division South league action.

"We need to look at how well we have been playing and go into the game (tomorrow) with the right attitude.

"We need to take the positives from (last) Saturday and if we do that then we will win the game tomorrow.

"We passed the ball well and we created more chances than we have in any other game (this season) which was good to see.

"We were losing the game but we never looked like giving up and kept going until the last minute.

"That's what fans want to see and what I want to see. We were always in that game and my personal opinion is that we should have won the game.

"I loved the way we moved the ball and I loved the way we didn't panic. We kept passing and creating chances and we defended better in the second half."

McAllister has an injury concern over Tony Lee who may have fractured a bone in his foot but kept playing, whilst Joe Byrne and Alex Lafleur have had a sickness bug this week and couldn't train.

But central defender Sam Roberts looks set to return to the squad after a groin problem as McAllister makes a late team choice.

Before kick-off tomorrow, a Minute's Silence will be held in memory of those who sacrificed their lives in past armed conflicts, ahead of Remembrance Day itself on Sunday 11th November which will be the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

Forces veterans are invited to attend the game free of charge to take part in the formal Act of Remembrance.

At the same time the Club will also be paying its respects after the tragic events at the King Power Stadium last Saturday which led to the death of Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others in a helicopter crash.

Gosport Borough has joined the football community in sending their heartfelt best wishes and sympathies to all at Leicester City FC at this very sad and upsetting time in the East Midlands.

Earlier this week, Boro fan Jamie Palmer organised the Boro's own tribute. He and his family are all City supporters and regularly watch matches at Privett Park.

Jamie's mum, niece and nephew attended the King Power Stadium to pay their own respects with a card and flowers and placed a Boro scarf on the Club's behalf - see full story on this website at Boro join in tributes to Leicester City crash victims

Players will wear black armbands for the match itself tomorrow.

Pictured: Tony Lee (playing against Frome Town) has a foot problem ahead of tomorrow's match. Photo: Tom Phillips.

Updated 09:59 - 2 Nov 2018 by Brian Seeney

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