Pike: Gosport players must up their game

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike  Picture: Paul Jacobs
Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike Picture: Paul Jacobs
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Alex Pike has left his Gosport Borough players in no doubt that they have to improve after their 1-0 friendly defeat at Redditch United.

The Southern League Premier hosts grabbed the only goal of the game midway through the second half.

It is a second defeat inside a week by lower-league opposition and Pike is not happy.

‘I was able to work on my tan which is one positive thing to come out of the game,’ joked Pike.

‘To be honest I can’t wait for the season to start because I am getting a bit fed up with the friendly games.

‘It was very difficult to motivate the players against lower order opposition in the heat.

‘I have left the players in little doubt that they have got to start picking things up.

‘They are an honest group of players and recognised that when we chatted afterwards.’

The decisive goal arrived following a comedy of errors in the Borough defence.

Brett Poate managed to block a Jamie Molyneux shot on the goalline but the Redditch player followed up to blast in the rebound.

Borough came under increasing pressure in the second half and goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore was forced to pull off a couple of good saves.

Borough threatened an equaliser in the closing stages with Jack Odam going close.

Home goalkeeper Sam Hornby also denied triallist Matt Paterson with a good save.

‘Their goal came from our errors and that is something we need to iron out before the league games start,’ said Pike.

‘In the next two weeks we will be working on our organisation and looking at set-pieces.

‘We need to tweak one or two things.’

Paterson impressed Pike with his hard-work and ability to cause Redditch a number of problems.

Pike has offered terms to the ex-Southampton player but is still waiting to see if they are acceptable to the player.

Borough’s scheduled friendly at Hungerford Town on Tuesday night has been cancelled.

Pike will take his Borough squad to Guernsey next weekend before starting their Conference South campaign at Chelmsford City the following Saturday.