Pike has welcome selection headache after Frome win

Gosport Borough midfielder Tom Dunford, left. Picture Ian Hargreaves
Gosport Borough midfielder Tom Dunford, left. Picture Ian Hargreaves
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Alex Pike has a welcome selection headache after watching his Gosport Borough side win 2-0 at Frome Town.

Adam Wilde and Tom Dunford got the pre-season friendly goals for Borough as boss Pike admitted the ‘strongest-ever squad’ of his Privett Park tenure has left him with some tough decisions to make.

‘I was pleased again with a game against opponents who gave us a good work out,’ said Pike.

‘In the first half we didn’t move the ball around quick enough and some of our decision making was a bit tepid.

‘I thought the second half was a lot better.

‘It was a very worthwhile exercise and over the last couple of games most of the members of the squad have got 70 minutes under their belt.

‘I feel I have assembled the strongest-ever squad at the club and now some tough decisions have to be made.

‘The league isn’t won with just 11 players and part of my job is explaining to them that it is a marathon not a sprint.

‘Having said that, they all want to be in the starting line-up come the first game of the league season.’

The visitors took the lead two minutes before the break from the penalty spot after Wilde was brought down inside the area, before picking himself up off the surface to open the scoring from 12 yards.

Pike introduced multiple changes at the beginning of the second half and the move paid off almost immediately.

For the second game running, Dunford found the net with a powerful drive to extend Borough’s lead.

Having imposed their authority, the National League South side remained on top in the closing stages and easily saw the game out.

Fareham Town produced a much-improved performance as a Callum Laycock penalty earned them a 1-1 draw at Sussex County League hosts Pagham.

An Alfie Rutherford double and Mark Cotton strike gave Moneyfields a 3-1 win at Chichester City United.

GOSPORT BOROUGH: Ashmore, Woodward, Williams, Scott, Walker, Woodford, Robinson, Ramsey, Stephens, Wort, Wilde. Subs: Cuthbertson, Poate, Carter, Dunford, White, Bennett, Harding, Ryan, Brice