Gosport Borough boss calls for more after Hayes draw

Gosport Borough's Rory Williams was thrust up front late on. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151409-1)
Gosport Borough's Rory Williams was thrust up front late on. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151409-1)
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ALEX PIKE labelled Gosport Borough’s 0-0 draw at Hayes & Yeading ‘not good enough’ as the visitors dropped out of the National League South play-off places.

It was a tale of missed chances for Borough, who had the better of the game but were unable to find the breakthrough on a frustrating afternoon in Berkshire.

I spoke to them in the dressing room after the game and we know it’s not good enough.

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike

Justin Bennett, Lee Wort, Dan Wooden, Ryan Woodford and Rory Williams all had opportunities to win it for Gosport, who now find themselves in sixth place.

While some may view a point on the road as a decent day’s work, Pike does not agree and warned his players a similar display will result in defeat in their next two matches.

He said: ‘We are never happy taking a point – we set our stall out to try to win games.

‘But it wasn’t a very good performance on Saturday.

‘When you look at our last three games, Bath City (3-1 win), Margate (2-1 defeat) and Saturday, we only hit the heights in the Bath game.

‘I spoke to them in the dressing room after the game and we know it’s not good enough.

‘We have got Ebbsfleet and Whitehawk coming up and if we play like that then we are on the end of two defeats, it’s as simple as that.

‘But we have got an honest bunch of lads and will put that right – the one positive is we didn’t lose the game.’

Hayes & Yeading, who groundshare with fellow National League South outfit Maidenhead United at York Road, had chances to take the lead in the first half – the best of which saw Borough keeper Nathan Ashmore’s outstretched toe superbly deflect Elliot Benyon’s effort on to the woodwork.

Half-time brought with it an extra delay in proceedings as an injury to a match official saw a member of the crowd run the line in the second half.

From then on, though, it only looked like one team would win the game.

Bennett saw his effort skim the post before Woodford and Wooden both blazed over the bar, with Wort earlier going close for the visitors.

And with Borough finding a stubborn Hayes rearguard difficult to penetrate, Pike shuffled his pack, throwing left-back Williams, a former striker, up front as summer signing Jamie White watched on from the bench.

Pike said: ‘We felt we couldn’t beat them with physicality and needed to get the ball in behind – Rory is the quickest player we have in our side.

‘I had the option of Jamie White or pushing George (Barker) up there but it was only two years ago Rory was our top goalscorer and it made sense to try and open them up with a bit of pace and the ball over the top.

‘We didn’t want to play that way but to be fair it almost came off when he got in the box and unfortunately his shot went wide.’

GOSPORT BOROUGH: Ashmore, Cuthbertson, Williams, Carter, Brice, Woodford, Dunford (Barker), Harding, Wort (Wheeler), Bennett, Wooden. Subs not used: Wilde, Ramsey, White