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Match preview v Gosport
« on: August 11, 2017, 02:00:45 PM »
Lynn begin their Southern League campaign on Saturday with, understandably, a degree of optimism as they look to have their largest squad for some seasons, possibly ever. With nine new signings in addition to the sixteen players from last season who were involved in at least three Southern League matches it does look as though the club are adopting the "speculate to accumulate" approach and an interesting season awaits us.
Manager Ian Culverhouse appears to have been careful in his summer signings selecting, cherry picking, players from level 3 or lower rather than going for "big names" with just Cameron Norman and Michael Gash having experience with higher league clubs last season as the squad look to have a blend of youth and experience.
 Relegated Gosport Borough are the visitors on Saturday, a club that have had financial worries for the past two seasons and look to establish themselves at level three and avoid freefall down the leagues.
 The club faced its fifth winding up order in twelve months at the beginning of July and have a playing budget that has been slashed by around 90%.
Gosport began their pre-season with three players remaining from last season's squad and have had to go for a youthful line-up. They have added striker Chinedu Vine to their squad, a former academy player at Portsmouth who went on to play in Portugal. His hat-trick against Bognor Regis Town gave them their first pre-season friendly win. 'Keeper Sam Gray is another new recruit who was previously with Maidenhead United's youth team.
 Alek Prezpelowski is one of their more experienced summer recruits, the Isle of Wight based striker having Havant & Waterlooville amongst his previous clubs.
 In their final pre-season friendly on Tuesday evening against Steve Claridge's Salisbury City they ran out 2-1 winners thanks to a last gasp winner from former Cardiff City academy player Tyler Roche. Their other goal came from the penalty spot scored by another new signing, former QPR youth player Tyrell Mitford who played for Team Solent last season.
 Technically this is the first meeting between the teams, but clubs from Lynn and Gosport have met before in the Southern League with Lynn's visit to Gosport in November 1985 being memorable for nine goals and substitute Paul Hooton's second half hat-trick.