Gosport bOROUGH boss Alex Pike has urged his players to keep the faith as they go in search of their first league win of the season.
The Privett Park side entertain Tonbridge Angels in the Skrill South tomorrow with only two points from their opening seven games.
That record sees them sit second from bottom in the table and five points adrift of Boreham Wood, who sit directly above them in the standings.
It has been a difficult start for Borough in their first season at this level.
The manager is refusing to be fazed by the situation, though.
‘I have been a manager for 30 years so have seen most things before,’ said Pike.
‘Not many Skrill South managers can boast coming up through the local leagues to manage at this level.
‘I have come through the Bournemouth, Dorset, Wessex and Southern League and that stands me in good stead at the moment.
‘We must keep our faith because I know we have the quality of players to compete at this level.
‘Our problem is we have underachieved in our first seven games.
‘Last season it took us 11 games to get things right – I am hoping this time around we can do it after eight.’
Pike is still reeling from last weekend’s defeat to Boreham Wood but has accepted his part of the blame for the loss.
As a result, he’s keen to get back to basics and hopes his players follow suit.
‘I tried to change things around a bit and play a different way and it didn’t work,’ admitted Pike.
‘That was down to me.
‘Football is a simple game and sometimes we fall into the trap of over-complicating things.
‘We will now go back to doing the simple things correctly because, after all, that is what has got us to where we are.’
Borough will need to tighten up defensively as they are yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
That aim will be boosted by the possible return of midfield lynchpin Danny Smith, whose organisational skills have been missed during his time out through injury.
Defender Luke King could also re-appear after playing just two games this season.
Borough picked up points in both the games he played and his presence at the back makes a big difference.
Both players returned to training this week and, if they suffer no reaction, will come straight back into the squad.
Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Hinshelwood, Poate, Awford, Molyneaux, Pearce, Dunford, Brown, Williams, Bennett, Wooden,Forbes, Woodward, Gosney, Barton, Igoe.