Pike: Front men will find the goal-den touch

Alex Pike with Justin Bennett. Picture: Dave Haines
Alex Pike with Justin Bennett. Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman (170972-31)

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Alex Pike urged the Gosport fans to give his strike-force time after they drew a blank in Saturday’s goalless Vanarama Conference South draw at home to newly-promoted Wealdstone.

Privett Park – hosting the first game following the work carried out over the summer – was packed with fans who witnessed a scrappy affair, with very few clear-cut chances.

Pike, however, was upbeat following the match and was keen to focus on the positives rather than his team’s lack of goals.

He said: ‘I take positives out of the game, in the fact it’s our second clean sheet in a row and if you’re to do anything in the Conference South it’s vital to keep clean sheets and defend properly.

‘I was disappointed that with the fire-power I had at my disposal we didn’t score – probably the best chance fell to Matt Paterson in the first-half when it was saved by the keeper’s legs, but chances for both sides were few and far between. Defences came out on top.’

Gosport are yet to score from open-play this campaign.

But Pike isn’t worried and reassured fans he’s confident his new recruits will find the net.

New signing Lee Wort came on for the final 15 minutes to make his debut, while Paterson and Justin Bennett started the game.

‘It’s early days at the moment and I’m sure the strikers I have, in time, will come good.

‘I thought Paterson was by far the best player on the park. His movement was superb and he had the best two chances of the game – I thought no one really got near him.’

Pike felt referee Chris O’Donnell didn’t help proceedings and the flow of the match with incorrect decisions.

The Gosport boss added: ‘Any official knows the law book inside out and, unfortunately, he would’ve benefited from playing a couple of games of football, so he can distinguish the laws of the game and actually have a bit of football know-how.

‘A lot of the free-kicks were wrong judgement calls and it did really affect the game.’