Preview: Winchester City vs Gosport Borough

Badges of Winchester City FC and Gosport Borough FC ahead of their clash on New Years Day at the Charters Community Stadium

WINCHESTER City FC will look to continue their good form as they play host to title challengers Gosport Borough in the Southern Premier Division South on New Years Day at the Charters Community Stadium. The game will kick-off at 3pm.

After a good run of form, seeing them go unbeaten in their last five matches, Winchester City will look to build on this, and hope they can push on and up the table, and start 2024 with a positive result on Monday.

The Citizens have had an up and down season so far with a number of games being postponed due to the weather. However, despite this, the Winch have slowly been finding their feet in this division after being promoted in 2021.

In their sophomore season in Step 3, Craig Davis’ men currently sit in 11th place with two or three games in hand on the teams above them.

The team have seen more success away from home this season, as they sit fourth in the table on away form.

On home turf, however, it’s a different story, as the Citizens have only won three out of 10 home games this season.

In their last game, Winchester drew 2-2 with Salisbury, another club challenging for the title, in the ‘Cathedral Clasico’ on Boxing Day.

Goals from in-form Tommy Wright and Trevor Caborn looked to give the Citizens three points, but a 95th minute equaliser from Salibury’s Wayne Robinson saw both teams leave with a point.

The game against Gosport looks to be another tough game for the Winch in the winter period, but a win could really give the club the boost they need to push them up the table.

Gosport Borough are seemingly loving life in the Southern Premier Division South, as they sit a lofty third in the table, and a win away at Winchester would see them leapfrog both Salisbury in second and Chesham United in top.

It’s been a good start to the season for the Boro’ as they’ve won 14 and drawn three in 20 games, as well as averaging two goals scored a game, and only 0.9 conceded per game.

In their last game, Gosport dominated newly promoted side Sholing in a comfortbale 1-0 victory.

Boro’s Bradley Tarbuck scored the games only goal which could be an all important one for Gosport’s title hopes.

Away from home this season, Boro have also seen success, they sit fifth in the table on away form, just one place behind their opponents on the 1st.

This game is set to be a cracker, with both sides coming into this fixture on good form and with high hopes of a win to kick off 2024, and give their fans a happy new year.