Gosport hope Bath win brings back Privett pride
Gosport Borough are looking ahead to their biggest game in almost two and a half years when they take on Bath City in a FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round replay on Wednesday Evening.
The side, managed by Lee Molyneaux, face opponents a league higher than the Southern Premier Division outfit for a place in the first round proper of the competition.
Gosport drew 0-0 with Bath City of The National League South at Twerton Park on Saturday to set up this replay.
A huge crowd is expected for the game with the Borough deciding to play the game on Wednesday to stop clashes with other fixtures.
The winners of the tie will take on either Sholing or Paulton Rovers in the next round, with the sides original tie on Saturday called off due to a waterlogged pitch at the Universal Stadium.
With both of those teams a league below, Molyneaux knows the ripple effect a shock victory could provide.
He told the Portsmouth News:’It is a great chance for whoever wins our replay.
‘We see it as a huge carrot dangling in front of us and an extra incentive to go out and beat Bath City.
‘Our aim is to do everything we possibly can to make sure that we get through.
‘If we get through then we have a point to prove against teams playing a level below us.’
The win would prove a major milestone for a club which two years ago was struggling for its very existence.
The club went to court five times over winding up orders between 2016 & 2017 before former Portsmouth chairman Ian McInnes took over the club in 2018.
And after two relegation battle in the past two years since relegation from The National League South, Lee Molyneaux was appointed manager in May.
The winners of the tie at Privett Park will win £3,750 from the FA’s competitions prize pool.