Pike calls on Gosport to cement top-10 spot

Gosport celebrate Danny Smith's goal against Bath. Picture: Sarah Standing
Gosport celebrate Danny Smith's goal against Bath. Picture: Sarah Standing
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Alex Pike is targeting a top-10 finish for his Gosport Borough troops after an impressive Skrill South win at home to Bath City.

Danny Smith, Dan Wooden and Sam Pearce were all on the mark for the Privett Park side in the 3-1 success.

The visitors had goalkeeper Stuart Moore sent off in the second half but Borough had already taken charge by then.

Pike was delighted to see his team secure a fifth consecutive win and climb to 10th in the table, ahead of their visit to relegated Dorchester Town today (3pm).

Pike felt Borough were good value for their win over Bath.

‘My players have shown in the last few weeks that they can compete at this level,’ said Pike.

‘This was a good solid win against a team at the top end of the league.

‘What pleased me was the way we responded after conceding a penalty right on the stroke of half-time.

‘We came out in the second period and put them to the sword with two good goals.

‘After they had their goalkeeper sent off, we could have gone on and scored more.

‘We now have three tough games to finish with.

‘But there is a great confidence among the players at the moment.

‘Playing so many games in a short space of time has worked for us because we have kept on winning.

‘Now I want us to finish in the top 10.’

In a close-fought first half it was Borough who struck the first blow on the half-hour with a sweetly worked goal.

Danny Smith and Dan Wooden opened up the Bath defence with a lovely one-two on the edge of the box before the former tucked his shot in from a tight angle.

Bath hit back from the penalty spot after the ball struck the raised hand of Sam Pearce inside the area, a minute before the break.

Borough regained the initiative six minutes into the second half.

Striker Justin Bennett crossed low from the by-line and Wooden was in the right place to tap the ball into the net.

On 63 minutes Pearce made up for his earlier indiscretion with a thumping header from a corner which gave Moore little chance.

The goalkeeper was then shown a straight red card for pushing Bennett as he tried to retrieve the ball.

The visitors put forward Josh Low in goal and the makeshift keeper denied Gosport any more goals.

But it was another big win and Pike feels the famous Trophy run to Wembley has helped inspire his men’s impressive run of recent league form.

‘It has been a good first season for us at this level and we have learned a lot on the way,’ said the Gosport boss.

‘Our terrific FA Trophy run all the way to the final at Wembley galvanised the whole squad.’

Borough will be looking for another win today, before they travel to Chelmsford on Wednesday, then finish the season against Bromley at home on Saturday.

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Molyneaux, Poate, Scott, Richardson, Pearce, Woodward, Smith, Wooden, Bennett, Wilde. Subs: Sills, Brown, Prior.