GOSPORT BOROUGH boss Alex Pike admitted he is having to deal with some FA Trophy ‘fall-out’ ahead of tonight’s Skrill South clash against Ebbsfleet United at Privett Park (7.45pm).
Some players were unhappy about their omission from the Trophy final squad at Wembley on Sunday and have asked to leave.
‘I have a large squad of 20 players and having to select 16 for Wembley wasn’t easy,’ said Pike.
‘There has been some fall-out from that and a bit of an atmosphere.
‘I have been disappointed by some players’ attitudes.
‘Sammy Igoe is going on loan to Bognor and a couple of others want to get out.’
Borough gave their chances of beating relegation a massive boost with a 2-0 win at Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday night.
The win hauled them out of the bottom three with games in hand on the teams around them.
Play-off chasing Ebbsfleet United will present Borough with the toughest of tests, though Pike has a number of players to come back in.
He rested five of his squad at Tonbridge and the return of Josh Carmichael, Jamie Brown, Ian Richardson, Adam Wilde and Dan Woodward will give the home side fresh legs.
Striker Jason Prior made his first start in midweek and was unfortunate to have a goal disallowed.
‘Ebbsfleet will be extremely tough but we are at home and in good form,’ said Pike.
‘I have set a target of 10 points from five games and we have already picked up three of them.
‘With our games in hand we can still drag a few more teams down into the relegation mire. At Tonbridge we scored two good goals, created lots of chances and kept a clean sheet. I am looking for us to build on that.’
Fareham Town manager Matt Parr is hoping to have a few players back for the Wessex League premier division encounter against Brockenhurst at Cams Alders tonight (7.45pm).
A weakened Reds line-up suffered a 5-1 mauling at Folland Sports on Tuesday.
Portsmouth Senior Cup holders Moneyfields are in semi-final action against Fleetlands at Locks Heath.