Pike left ‘disappointed’ by Hawks

Matt Paterson Picture; Malcolm Wells
Matt Paterson Picture; Malcolm Wells
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Alex Pike has revealed his disappointment over the Hawks’ approach for Matt Paterson.

The Gosport Borough striker was the subject of two bids earlier this week from Lee Bradbury’s side – both of which were rejected by the Privett Park outfit.

After offering an initial £5,000, the Hawks then upped the amount to £7,000, although they now appear to have ended their interest.

But ahead of his side’s FA Trophy home clash with Braintree tomorrow (3pm), the Borough boss believes his opposite number should have made contact.

Pike said: ‘I’m disappointed that they decided not to pick up the phone.

‘I have been in football for 30 years and the normal protocol when you want to sign a player is to go from manager to manager first and then chairman to chairman.

‘That hasn’t happened. I haven’t been involved at all.

‘We just received an email.

‘Lee knows me well enough to pick up the phone.

‘So I can only assume it’s a hangover from what happened on New Year’s Day.

‘Lee accused me of disrespecting him when I did the aeroplane celebration when we scored our third goal.

‘I tried to apologise immediately and I’ve also said publicly that there was no malice intended.

‘I have got the utmost respect for Lee and I still have despite this.

‘But he’s obviously decided he doesn’t want to do business with me in the normal way. That’s down to him.’

Paterson will be in the Gosport side again tomorrow but appears to be heading to Oxford United on trial next week, with a view to a possible move to the League Two club.

Bradbury has also apparently dropped his interest after Borough made it clear they are not prepared to sell him to a rival Vanarama Conference South club.

‘After reading Borough won’t consider selling him to another Conference South team, there seems little point in going any further,’ said Bradbury.

Pike, meanwhile, does not anticipate any distractions for his 17-goal striker as Borough bid to continue their FA Trophy adventure.

Oxford are due to send scouts to watch him again tomorrow and there may be more interest from other Football League clubs.

The Borough boss said: ‘I’ve had a long conversation with him and he doesn’t seem affected by anything.

‘He is playing regularly for us, Gosport got him noticed and he knows he has got professional clubs looking at him.

‘That’s where he wants to go.

‘The only reason he would go to Havant & Waterlooville is if they paid him stupid money.

‘I have got no problem with him going to Oxford on trial.

‘We will see how it pans out.’

Borough could be without two of their regular defenders for the showdown with the Conference Premier outfit.

Brett Poate (calf) and Rory Williams (hamstring) are both major doubts, while Danny Smith and Mike Carter are also nursing knocks.

Pike added: ‘I’m pretty sure it’s down to the number of games they have played in a short space of time. It was ridiculous.

‘There were two extra games and that has taken its toll.

‘It’s not a case of being wise after the event. It seemed stupid when the fixtures first came out.

‘We played Friday, Sunday and then Thursday, Sunday.

‘But we will try to patch them up and raise our game against a tough side in Braintree. ’

BOROUGH: (from) Ashmore, Molyneaux, Muleba, Pearce, Poate, Matthews, Williams, Dunford, Carter, Smith, Ramsey, Wooden, Bennett, Paterson, Wort, Wilde, Saez.