ALEX PIKE felt there were valuable lessons to be learned as Gosport Borough slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Woking at the Aerial Direct Stadium.
The National League visitors made their superior power and pace tell in the sweltering heat, particularly in the second half.
It was the visitors who broke the deadlock at the end of a competitive first half with a well-taken goal by Charlie Penney.
Josh Carmichael levelled matters five minutes into the second half with a superb individual effort.
But within seven minutes the visitors regained the lead and remained in control for the rest of the game.
Gosport boss Pike felt it was a good outing for his squad.
He said: ‘We had to work hard but that was exactly what was required.
‘You could see that a week further down the line Woking were a little bit quicker and stronger than Aldershot were.
‘I felt we competed well and the goal we scored was quality.
‘For me it was again all about the fitness levels and watching players forging the partnerships on the field.
‘We tried a few different things and ended up playing a four-four-two.
‘It is important to be adaptable at this level and overall I am pleased.
‘I want to win every game I play whether it is at tiddlywinks or a football match.
‘It is disappointing to lose but there are loads of positives to take from it.’
Before the game Borough’s new striker Warren Bentley was presented with his Southern League Golden Boot trophy for scoring 44 goals with Winchester City last season.
He almost scored early on when he forced Woking goalkeeper Michael Poke into a low save.
The visitors got stronger as the half went on and two minutes before the break Delano Sam Yorke slipped Penney in and he poked his shot past the advancing Marc Rice in the Borough goal.
Carmichael levelled soon after the break, skipping past two Woking defenders before sending a deft chip over Poke and just inside the far post.
Woking substitute Chike Kandy hit the winner, sweeping the ball home.
‘Woking made a lot of changes at half-time when I didn’t and you could see they were a lot sharper,’ said Pike.
‘To me it was also down to discipline.
‘Their second goal came about because we allowed ourselves to chase shadows.
‘You cannot do that at this level and you have to hold your nerve and position.
‘Players don’t have to impress me by running around like a headless chickens.
‘As long as we learn from it we will be okay.’
GOSPORT BOROUGH: Rice, Cuthbertson, Bird, Harding (Gunston, 72min), Oastler (Brice, 80min), Pearce, Dawson (Lanahan, 72min), Carmichael (Bailey, 85min), Bentley (Murray, 72min), Flood (Wright, 50min), Wooden (Wilde, 63min).