Hard-taskmaster Pike delivers ‘disappointing’ half-term Borough report

Lee Wort will remain at Poole Town this month. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151180-5)
Lee Wort will remain at Poole Town this month. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151180-5)
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Alex Pike remains confident Gosport Borough will achieve their play-off mission this season.

Borough are well placed at the midway point of the campaign in National League South but missed out on the chance to cement their place in the top five when the derby clash at struggling Hawks was postponed on Saturday.

Without sounding too big-headed, I think we are a bit disappointed with where we are at this stage of the season.

Alex Pike

However, it did allow Pike to make a more considered assessment of the season so far.

Pike said: ‘Without sounding too big-headed, I think we are a bit disappointed with where we are at this stage of the season.

‘There are a few games I look back on that we have lost or drawn that we should have won.

‘The points tally should be better than it is.

‘We lost two games against Margate and should have got something out of both matches.

‘We lost 1-0 against Sutton and missed two penalties in that game.

‘I also look at some of the draws and think “if only” but every other manager will do exactly the same thing.

‘I still think we have to be confident of achieving our objective of the play-offs.

‘We set out the plans and we are in the play-off positions in January with a game in hand.

‘We would be very disappointed if we had got ourselves into the play-off positions and then failed to finish there.

‘It was a shame the game was off.

‘We wanted to play and continue our momentum from Boxing Day.

‘But our pitch is bad enough for drainage and theirs is worse, so I can understand it.’

Meanwhile, Pike has confirmed striker Lee Wort has been allowed to extend his loan stay at Poole Town and has revealed they are one or two clubs wanting to sign him on a permanent basis.

Pike said: ‘I’ve just extended Worty’s loan for another 28 days at Poole Town but I do have a 24-hour recall clause.

‘He’s been doing very well and they would like him permanently.

‘But there is another club who have shown an interest as well.

‘We don’t want him to go, though.’

Pike, however, has called off a planned move for midfielder Corby Moore – once of Southampton Academy.

The Borough boss said: ‘He was offered a contract at Bishop’s Stortford and I have spoken to his agent.

‘I felt it might be best that he took that opportunity. I couldn’t promise him that he was going to walk into my first team.

‘I’ve got enough midfielders, so we probably won’t proceed with that one.

‘We’ve also had Ben Harding and Andy Robinson out for most of the season and they are now back.

‘We’ve got a budget and we need to stick to it.

‘We also need to make 
sure we don’t have several players sat in the stands every week.’

– STEVE WILSON