Pike: No need to panic

Gosport Borough striker Rory Williams

Gosport Borough striker Rory Williams

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Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike is refusing to panic after his side’s poor start to life in Skrill South.

The division’s new boys travel to Bath City’s Twerton Park tomorrow still looking for their first points of the season after opening with two defeats against Dover and Basingstoke.

In both games, Pike’s side learned the harsh lesson that individual mistakes get punished at this level.

He remains adamant, though, that his team are not out of their depth and can turn things around.

‘I am a fighter and so is my team,’ said Pike.

‘We showed that last season when we overcame a poor start and ended up being promoted.

‘The main problem has been our players committing individual errors which have been punished.

‘You can have the best game plan and tactics in the world but if you keep making poor errors they count for nothing.

‘It is extremely annoying because we have been competitive in both our games, only to lose out because of a lack of concentration.’

At Basingstoke in midweek, Borough gave themselves a mountain to climb after gifting the home side two goals in the opening 25 minutes.

Midfielder Jamie Brown pulled a goal back before half-time.

And although Borough improved in the second half, they couldn’t find a way back.

Up front, Justin Bennett and Rory Williams failed to make much of an impact – and that’s an area Pike is keen to see a vast improvement.

‘My strikers need to start scoring goals but they never looked like doing it in midweek,’ said Pike.

‘I have other options to consider and it is up to the players to take the lessons on board.

‘It is down to them and, if they can’t then, I will have to consider bringing others in who can.

‘I don’t do panic, though, and there is enough experience in our squad to achieve what we have set out to do.

‘The fighting spirit is there and we are not going to give up after two games.’

Bath City have made a mixed start to their season, winning 2-1 at Bishop’s Stortford before losing 1-0 at home against Eastleigh in midweek.

The west country side will have an extra incentive to beat Borough after suffering an FA Cup defeat at their hands last season.

Defender Brett Poate remains ruled out by hamstring problems and was badly missed in the midweek defeat.

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Hinshelwood, Martin, Brown, Molyneaux, Pearce, Igoe, Smith, Williams, Bennett, Gosney, Wooden, King, Dunford, Forbes, Barfoot

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