Frustrated Borough will weather the storm

Gosport boss Alex Pike. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132298-16)

Gosport boss Alex Pike. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132298-16)

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Brian Cosgrave has shrugged off Gosport Borough’s fixture backlog.

The Skrill South outfit saw their clash with Eastbourne Borough postponed on Saturday because of a waterlogged pitch at Privett Park.

That followed the midweek clash with Sutton United – rearranged from earlier in the season – delayed as a result of Borough’s FA Trophy replay with Nuneaton Town.

Alex Pike’s men edged past their Skrill Premier hosts in a penalty shootout on Tuesday night.

And that means a visit to Hungerford in the last 16 next month.

It all adds up to a congested fixture list for the club.

But secretary Cosgrave is not concerned.

He was disappointed to lose the pre-Christmas match with Eastbourne, particularly as recent results have given everyone at the club a massive boost.

But heavy rain on the morning of the game saw the surface fail an inspection.

‘It was far from what we wanted,’ said Cosgrave.

‘Everyone was on a high after the FA Trophy result at Nuneaton.

‘And the lads had come home to enjoy what we expected was to be a highly-charged match against an Eastbourne side who are up there pushing for a return to the Skrill Premier.

‘Of course Eastbourne were disappointed, they are on a good run as well.

‘But fortunately the postponement came early enough for them to avoid a wasted journey in Christmas traffic.

‘The Saturday before Christmas is not usually the best for us.

‘The turnstiles are not that busy as fans seem to be doing last-minute shopping.

‘At the same time, though, the lads are on something of a good run.

‘It isn’t the first time we have had to lock the ground up and go home after a decision to postpone a match.

‘But when it happens, it really is hard to take – not just for the playing side of things but for all the preparation that needs to be done in the days beforehand.

‘And if the long-term weather forecast is to be believed, then we could face even more problems over the Christmas and New Year period.

‘But over several seasons the squad has been strengthened to what it is today.

‘Already we have started to climb away from the bottom of the table and have matches in hand on teams above us.

‘So although everyone was disappointed at the weekend, all we can hope for is that the weather improves and performances can earn us a fair share of the points over this Christmas period.’

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