Pike: In-form Borough aren’t safe yet

Justin Bennett, left, scored a double as Gosport Borough won 3-1 at Eastbourne Borough Picture: Dave Haines
Justin Bennett, left, scored a double as Gosport Borough won 3-1 at Eastbourne Borough Picture: Dave Haines
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ALEX PIKE was delighted with Gosport’s victory in ‘the battle of the Boroughs’ at Eastbourne on Saturday but warned his in-form side: We aren’t safe yet.

The Borough boss saw his Skrill South team run out 3-1 winners at Priory Lane, with a penalty from captain Brett Poate and a brace from Justin Bennett sending the Privett Park club six points clear of the drop zone – with games still in hand.

But with six fixtures to play in the space of two weeks – starting with tomorrow night’s home clash with Basingstoke Town (7.45pm) – Pike isn’t willing to just stop there, though.

He said: ‘We have 45 points now and people tell me that’s safe, but I don’t think that’s enough.

‘I want to get as close as I can to 60.

‘The front two at Eastbourne were superb and they (Bennett and Rory Williams) are coming in to form just at the right time.

‘That can only be good for us.’

Borough have come into great form recently, spurred on by their historic FA Trophy run that came to an end in last month’s Wembley final loss against Cambridge United.

Four wins and one draw in their last six has seen the Privett Park side climb away from danger and up to 16th position in the table.

Pike knows though, that while his team are close to safety, they can’t afford to drop off just yet.

He added: ‘We have two important games on Tuesday and Thursday.

‘If we can take six points, we can go into the bank holiday weekend knowing we’re safe.’