Pike: Six in race to beat drop

Gosport Borough's Rory Williams

Gosport Borough's Rory Williams

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Borough bOSS Alex Pike believes it is down to two teams from six who will fail in their battle to secure Skrill South survival.

Dorchester Town look increasingly cut adrift at the bottom of the table and need a miracle to have any hope of staying up.

But Gosport are now one of six clubs separated by just four points, looking to stay away from what would appear to be the two remaining relegation places.

They could give themselves a major boost at Privett Park tonight with victory over Hayes & Yeading – another one of those teams in the relegation battle who currently sit above Borough on goal difference.

And with a return game against the same opponents, a trip to Dorchester and a visit to Chelmsford among their remaining eight games, Pike’s men still have their destiny in their own hands.

The Borough boss said: ‘We’ve reached a crossroads. We can either get ourselves out of it and get a run together or we can take a step backwards and fall into it.

‘Only one point separates five clubs so we’ve got to be really careful.

‘Dorchester look like they have too much to do so it looks like it will another two clubs from six.

‘We need to win that mini-league or at least be in the top part of it.

‘After the defeat to Concord Rangers on Saturday, we’ve definitely been dragged back into it.

‘But we’ve got to play Hayes & Yeading twice, we’ve got to play Dorchester and Chelmsford – those are crucial games.

‘If we get something out of those games, we should be okay.

‘So this one tonight has become vital for us.’

It’s been a frantic run of fixtures for Borough, having played 11 games in March.

But Pike dismissed talk of fatigue playing a role as he set another 10-point target from the next four fixtures.

He said: ‘At this time of the season, you can find 101 reasons why you didn’t win a game.

‘Our pitch is not helpful to playing any kind of football on it.

‘We’ve gone from a wet, soggy quagmire of a pitch to a bobbly dustbowl.

‘But it’s the same for both teams.

‘In our situation, it’s all about winning and we didn’t do that against Concord.

‘We need to put that right against Hayes & Yeading.

‘I set 10-point targets out of five games – but after we lost to Concord, now we’ve got to do that out of the next four.

‘I haven’t looked into the other fixtures that the other clubs have to play. We have to concentrate on ourselves.’

Rory Williams has recovered from a knee problem and will be back in the frame.

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