Pike frustrated by Bashley decision

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike
Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike
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Gosport Borough received a walk-over into the Hampshire Senior Cup quarter-finals after Bashley pulled out of last night’s game at the eleventh hour.

The Southern League club couldn’t raise a team and forfeited the tie to Borough.

The Privett Park club, however, are far from happy with the New Forest outfit, who did not inform them of their decision until late yesterday morning.

By that time the home side had already put in place preparations for the game.

‘I know my chairman is far from happy,’ said Borough manager Alex Pike.

‘People forget that we have had programmes printed and food brought in to cater for the game.

‘It has cost us money and I am surprised that this has happened at our level.

‘With a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs, it makes it just that more unbelievable.

‘I didn’t expect for one minute that they would give us a walk-over into the next round.

‘For a club in the Southern League, it is unexpected.

‘From my point of view, it is particularly frustrating because I was going to use the game to give some players important game time.

‘Sammy Igoe and Jack Barton are coming back from injury and it was the ideal situation to give them a run out.

‘We do have a few players still carrying knocks but I would have been able to rest them.’

Borough face an important fortnight with a first-ever trip to Concord Rangers in the league at the weekend, followed by their big FA Trophy tie against Nuneaton Town at Privett Park a week later.

With two consecutive wins under their belt, confidence is growing in the Borough camp, but the journey to Essex won’t be easy.

Borough knocked them out of the FA Trophy last weekend and revenge will be high on the agenda for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Moneyfields entertain lowly Totton & Eling in the Wessex League premier division at Dover Road tonight (7.45pm).

Manager Miles Rutherford, however, admits he has half an eye on Saturday’s FA Vase home tie against Bristol-based Bitton.

‘I will look to rest a few players who are carrying knocks ahead of the Vase game,’ said Rutherford.

‘We are still looking to get a result and to avenge our Russell-Cotes Cup defeat three weeks ago.

‘But the Vase is a massive game for us.’