ALEX PIKE was happy with his Gosport squad after the 2-2 draw with Horndean at Five Heads Park last night.
Pike fielded six new signings from the start and made 10 changes for the second half.
Also, Gosport’s Australian triallist keeper Ryan Keep lined up in goal for Horndean, with their number one Simon Howard delayed.
And Pike was pleased with his Borough players.
He said: ‘The result doesn’t stand for anything and it gave me a good chance to see 22 of my players give a good account of themselves.’
Former Hawks ace Sammy Igoe teed up ex-Deans striker Chamal Fenelon and Luke King, who both went close for Borough.
But Horndean struck first when Nathan Paxton finished a good move.
Borough responded as James Coutts turned his marker and hit a spectacular effort high into the net.
Lee Molyneaux headed just off target for Gosport, before Justin Bennett cut through to find the far corner for a 2-1 half-time lead.
Southern League Borough made 10 changes for the second half but Horndean hit back to earn a draw.
Substitute Tony Worsfold got on the end of a cross to stab home the equaliser for the Wessex League side.
Horndean: Keep; Perkins, Stone, Shepherd, Chapman, Castles, Spurway, Hayes, Martin, Bell, Paxton. Subs: Woodward, Fennemore, Potter, Warren, Errington, Worsfold, Farrugia, Austin.
Gosport: Ashmore; Stowe, Poate, Igoe, Holland, Molyneaux, Coutts, King, Fenelon, Bennett, Wilde. Subs: Humble, Boston, Cook, Bufton, Kirby, Martin, Wooden, Woodward, Jones, Cox, Norton.