Borough look for loan after Poate injury

Brett Poate, right, has picked up a hamstring injury

Brett Poate, right, has picked up a hamstring injury

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Alex Pike has revealed he may be forced to dip into the loan market to cover Brett Poate’s injury woe.

Gosport Borough’s experienced left-back strained a hamstring in the 3-0 FA Trophy win over Dorchester last weekend and is ruled out of tonight’s Skrill South trip to Farnborough (7.45pm).

No date has been placed on his return yet, which has left the Borough boss assessing his options on finding a replacement.

Pike said: ‘We don’t know how long Poatey is out for as yet.

‘So I’m looking at bringing in a loan signing as well because we are a bit short in that area.

‘I’m waiting on a phone call so we will have to wait and see if I can bring anyone in before the Farnborough game.’

Pike declined to reveal the identity of his target but he did confirm he was currently at a club in the Football League.

While Poate’s loss is a blow to Gosport, the Privett Park side were handed a boost in midweek when Adam Wilde came through his first game of the season in the 3-1 Russell-Cotes Cup success over Totton & Eling.

And Pike is delighted to have the left-sided midfielder back in his plans.

The boss said: ‘He’s been out all season with hamstring and calf injuries.

‘But he came through 90 minutes without any pain so he was happy.

‘It’s nice to have him back. It gives me different options and a bit more competition for places.

‘Mike Gosney has been in great form out there but I played him up front in midweek. It’s just another option for us.’

Gosport were particularly impressive in wide areas in their win over Dorchester, with Gosney and Tom Dunford both turning in fine displays.

And Pike believes they will go into the clash at Farnborough with added confidence.

He said: ‘I thought Gosney and Dunford were the pick of the bunch last weekend.

‘They were the best two players on the park.

‘Tom did really well to get his two goals and every time we got the ball to Gosney, I thought something was going to happen. He was tremendous.

‘The game plan was to get the ball to those two as early as possible and for them to push on as high as they could on to their full-backs.

‘It will have done their confidence the world of good.

‘But now we need to be more clinical in front of goal.

‘We had enough chances to have won five or six games. We probably won’t get as many chances this time.’

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