The busy Bank Holiday weekend begins at Privett Park
It has been a baptism of fire so far in the Southern League Premier South for Plymouth Parkway after their promotion last season.
The Yellows are yet to win a game so far this term, although the results have hardly been representative of some superb performances from Lee Hobbs’ men.
However, football is a results business, and this weekend is the latest chance to get the first three points of the season.
In a bid to do so, Parkway will travel 170 miles east to Gosport as they head from the port of Britain’s Ocean City to that of the outskirts of Southampton.
Gosport’s start has been stronger, winning two games at home over Merthyr and Swindon Supermarine, scoring three goals in both fixtures, which were full of entertainment.
They tasted defeat in both of their two games away from home so far to Weston Super Mare and Chesham, with whom Parkway drew on the opening day.
That point has proven the only one Parkway have mustered after Ben Seymour’s heroics, but goals from Rio Garside and Jared Lewington were not enough to get results off Beaconsfield or Dorchester respectively.
A 1-0 defeat to Merthyr last time out will leave plenty of hunger in the bellies of the lads as they head to Gosport on Saturday, and three points are once again on the agenda.
Having scored two away from home already, Hobbs will be aware that panic stations are in no way needed, and all that needs to be added to those goals is the game management that can take the lads over the line.
We have played Gosport once before, with Billy Palfrey scoring away from home in the FA Cup, but this was not enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat at Privett Park.
It is just over three hours in the car from Plymouth to Gosport, heading up towards Honiton on the A38 and the A30, before heading onto the M27.
Temperatures of around 20 Degrees Celsius are forecast for kick-off, and no rain is expected, so it will be another warm one, but nowhere near as muggy as we have seen at times this season.