Pike happy as squad effort delivers once again

15/02/13''Gosport Borough FC (yellow strip) take on Bedworth United FC at Privett Park. Goal for Gosport.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13430-5)
15/02/13''Gosport Borough FC (yellow strip) take on Bedworth United FC at Privett Park. Goal for Gosport.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13430-5)
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Good show on the road as Hawks impress to beat Wealdstone

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ALEX PIKE paid tribute to his Gosport troops after they made it 18 games unbeaten with a 1-0 win over Bedworth United at Privett Park.

Rory Williams netted the winner on 37 minutes – his fifth strike since rejoining the club.

But it took a battling display from Borough to make sure they continued their remarkable form in the race to reach the Southern League premier division play-offs.

Gosport boss Pike said: ‘We knew they (Bedworth) would make it difficult for us.

‘We are on a massive surge forward and everyone else in the league wants to be the first club to beat us in our unbeaten 18-match run.

‘Let’s remember we are competing in a very tough league.

‘It took us a while to adapt to the demands of it, in the early part of the season, so to have come this far is a credit to the entire squad.

‘It’s a team game and, although it took another smash-and-grab goal from young Rory to win it for us, everyone must take the credit for playing their part in keeping the club on course for a place in the play-offs.’

Thankfully for Gosport, Bedworth missed several chances before Williams was in the right place to make it 1-0 to Borough.

Home keeper Nathan Ashmore was in action twice to deny striker Mitchell Piggon.

Borough then put their nervous start behind them and gained the upper hand.

Brett Poate rammed a left-foot shot wide of a post and Dan Wooden saw his penalty appeals ignored after his goalbound shot was deflected wide by the outstretched arm of defender Martin Hutchcox.

Luke King was named man of the match for Borough but he could have shared the prize with several others who were on top form.

No-nonsense defender Poate and Aaron Cook played key roles and Ashmore continued to enhance his ever-growing reputation.

One save in particular caught the eye as he charged out late on to dive to claim the ball at the feet of Dave Blenkinsopp who looked set to equalise.

GOSPORT: Ashmore, King, Poate, Cook, Molyneaux, Dunford, Igoe, Smith, Wooden, Williams, Woodward. Subs: Wilson, Wilde, Martin, Macklin.