Borough are bullish as they get set for Frome

Gosport Borough manager Alex Pike
Gosport Borough manager Alex Pike
Brett Poate. Picture: Neil Marshall

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GOSPORT BOROUGH are in buoyant mood as they continue their pre-season preparations with a trip to Southern League Frome Town tonight (7.45pm).

Alex Pike felt Borough outplayed Poole Town and ‘put them to the sword’ in their 3-0 win at the weekend.

It is important that we hit the ground running at the start of the new season.

Alex Pike

Goals from Jamie White, Adam Dunford and Ryan Woodford earned Borough a comfortable win.

Now the manager is looking for more of the same against the Robins at the Blindman Brewery Stadium.

‘It is important that we impose ourselves on teams playing at levels below us,’ said Pike.

‘That is something we did against Poole, where I thought we were in control from start to finish.

‘This stage of the season is all about getting the confidence up – and winning games is the best way to do that.

‘It is important that we hit the ground running at the start of the new season.

‘I am looking for us to beat Frome, Weymouth and Horndean in our remaining pre-season games.’

The only absentee from the Borough squad is Dan Wooden, who is away on holiday and is expected to return next week.

Gosport are expected to give the substitutes from the Poole game a start, which will mean most players will have had approximately the same amount of time on the pitch going into the final week.

So far Borough have avoided any injuries and the squad boasts a clean bill of health.

Pike has organised the extra game against Horndean next Tuesday to give his likely starting XI an extra opportunity to play together.

Borough start their National League South campaign four days later against St Albans City at Privett Park.

St Albans completed a league double over Borough last season, and the visitors are expected to present Pike’s team with an awkward opening test.

Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford is looking for a big improvement from his side as they visit Chichester City tonight for a friendly (7.30pm).

Rutherford was far from happy after his team suffered a 4-0 defeat at Combined Counties side Camberley Town at the weekend.

With the Wessex Premier season less than two weeks away, it gave the Dover Road boss plenty to think about.

‘We were as bad against Camberley as we had been good in beating Bognor Regis,’ said Rutherford.

‘It opened my eyes to a few things.

‘Sometimes it is good that this happens in pre-season because you can do something about it. If you go winning all your pre-season games you can end up not learning anything.’

Fareham Town will also aiming to do better against Pagham at Nyetimber Lane (7.30pm) following their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Hampshire Premier League outfit Liss Athletic.