Pike demands more from Gosport midfield

Jamie Brown. Picture: Malcolm Wells (132371-9761)

Jamie Brown. Picture: Malcolm Wells (132371-9761)

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Alex Pike admits he is monitoring possible replacements after Jamie Brown’s exit from Gosport Borough was confirmed.

The former skipper had his contract terminated last month after he took to social media to criticise the club’s pre-season trip to Guernsey and was then subsequently involved in an alleged verbal confrontation with chairman Mark Hook.

Brown took his appeal against his sacking to a league hearing earlier this week at the Football Conference headquarters in Birmingham.

But although all parties have signed confidentiality agreements on the findings of the hearing, it appears the appeal was dismissed as he has now left the club.

Borough boss Alex Pike said: ‘We’ve all had to sign a confidentiality agreement.

‘But the club and I are very happy with the decision.

‘After the hearing, he immediately became a free agent. It looks like he will be signing for Basingstoke.

‘I would personally like to thank him for his efforts for the club.

‘We’ve had some good times and some bad times but with Browner, they were always eventful times.

‘He will be missed and I never wanted it to come to that situation. He was instrumental in us winning lots of games last season.

‘People may think there is a hole in my midfield that needs filling and I have to have a look at that.

‘You’ve got to open up defences – especially at home – and I’m looking at my midfield and not seeing much creativity at the moment.’

Borough will be bidding to extend their unbeaten start to the new Vanarama Conference South campaign at home to Boreham Wood tomorrow but are looking for their first home success of the new term after two draws so far.

And as part of Non-League Day, the club is offering some free admissions in a bid to boost the attendance.

Pompey season-ticket holders – or anyone with a season ticket to a Football League or Premier League club – can get in free by showing their card.

Service personnel and even anyone with a ‘van’ in their name – in a nod to the league sponsors – will also get in for nothing, as long as they show valid identification.

Pike said: ‘Anyone called Vanessa, Ivan or Donovan are in luck.

‘I’m not sure if Robin van Persie or Louis van Gaal will be there, though.

‘We’re hoping it will bring a few people through the turnstiles who wouldn’t normally watch a non-league game.

‘The professional ranks are littered with players who have come from non-league football.

‘There is a lot of quality in the non-league and it’s a massive safety net.

‘Some of those good players who have stepped down a level and gone back to professional clubs, would have been lost to the game without non-league football.’

Steve Ramsey is expected to shake off an ankle problem to take his place.

BOROUGH: (from) Ashmore, Carter, Poate, Pearce, Forbes, Dunford, Smith, Ramsey, Wooden, Bennett, Paterson, Wort, Shaw, Saez, Wilde, Matthews, Williams, Molyneaux.

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