Pike calls for Gosport to make record run count

15/02/13''Gosport Borough FC (yellow strip) take on Bedworth United FC at Privett Park. Rory Williams.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13430-3)

15/02/13''Gosport Borough FC (yellow strip) take on Bedworth United FC at Privett Park. Rory Williams.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13430-3)

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Alex Pike watched Gosport Borough shoot into the Southern League play-off frame and declared: I wish I could bottle our confidence.

The Privett Park boss has led his troops to a stunning unbeaten record which spans 20 league matches.

Borough put their fine run on the line tomorrow as they host league leaders Leamington Town (3pm).

But after a brilliant 6-1 win at St Albans City on Tuesday night, Pike is backing his men to deliver another bold show in front of their home fans.

And the Privett Park side are hoping a bumper crowd will turn out to roar them on against the title favourites.

‘I wish I could bottle the confidence in the side at the moment and sell it,’ said boss Pike.

‘At St Albans we knew they could be slow starters, so we took the game by the throat from the start.

‘We went ahead after just 12 seconds and were three up within 12 minutes.

‘Afterwards they regarded us as the best team they had seen at their ground for a long time.

‘I’m told we have set a club record and are in our highest-ever position in the non-league pyramid.

‘All that will mean little if we are not in the play-offs at the end of the season, though.

‘It should be a spicy affair against Leamington and hopefully a big crowd will get to the ground and get behind the team.

‘They can act as the extra man.’

Top scorer Justin Bennett was back for the trip to St Albans – after having a month off because of his wedding.

Gosport’s electric form in his absence meant he had to settle for a spot on the substitutes’ bench, though.

Bennett is now set to miss tomorrow’s game because of a wedding party – making it all the more important that Dan Wooden and Rory Williams shake off knocks.

Aaron Cook is also hoping to be passed fit but the game will come too soon for Danny Smith, who is still sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Gosport claimed a stunning 3-1 win over Leamington back in December.

However, they are expecting a massive test tomorrow from a side whose attack is spearheaded by former Aston Villa striker Stefan Moore.

‘It is a remarkable achievement to be where we are after making such a poor start to the season,’ said Pike.

‘We lost six of the first 11 games and were second from bottom but we maintained our faith in the players and it has paid dividends.

‘Leamington are not league leaders, and therefore the best team at the moment, for nothing. When we beat them at their place we were the first to do so for nearly two years.

‘That will only increase their motivation to get one back on us.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, King, Molyneaux, Cook, Poate, Igoe, Woodward, Brown, Dunford, Williams, Wooden, Martin, Wilson, Wilde, Macklin, Norton.

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