BOSS Tom Killick is anticipating a tough encounter when Gosport Borough come to town, with the Hampshire side fresh off the back of putting five past Salisbury.

Prior to the thumping of Salisbury, Boro had slumped to shock defeats to strugglers Hartley Wintney and Wimborne Town, winning only once in eight league games.

However, victory over Walton Casuals last weekend means that both sides have now shown a resurgence in recent weeks, suggesting an exciting fixture at the Black Gold tomorrow.

When asked if Gosport’s recent form was of concern, Killick replied: “They just put five past Salisbury – yes, before then they've had a few indifferent results.

“But, they are one of the most powerful sides, they’ve got a very powerful squad, and they to keep adding to it.

“They’ve got a lot of good players. I think the thing that helps them significantly as they can be without four or five players and still put out a very, very strong 11.

“So we know they've got a lot of good players. It will be a very tough fixture.”

Dolphins will have new recruit Jack Veale, a loanee from Exeter, available, but Killick is not expecting any players to return from injury.

It means make-shift strikers Will Spetch and Luke Burbidge are likely to lead the line, but it was not all doom and gloom on the injury front.

Youngsters Will Fletcher and Bailey Rowe both took part in the warm-up ahead of Poole’s midweek win over Portland United, all though Fletcher is still a while away from a return.

There was a clearer update on Rowe, with the British Virgin Islands international missing the entirety of the season so far after surgery on his foot.

“I asked him if he felt it might be okay for some minutes (against Portland), he didn't feel quite ready,” continued Killick.

“So if he’s not quite ready to sort of even play a few minutes now, I’d imagine it’s got to be a month or so before he's ready for some, to be at a level to be able to play first-team football for us.

“He’s gonna have to have some sort of gentle introduction, I would have thought somewhere else to get him competitive, but it's been really nice to have him back.

“I think hopefully he's looking forward to getting himself on the pitch. Certainly we could do with him.”