Pike wants Borough home improvements

Brett Poate rifles in a shot on goal as he attempts to get Gosport back on level terms with visitors Slough Town in their FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay''Picture: Paul Paxford/PitchsidePhoto

Brett Poate rifles in a shot on goal as he attempts to get Gosport back on level terms with visitors Slough Town in their FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay''Picture: Paul Paxford/PitchsidePhoto

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Gosport Borough will set out to topple leaders Hemel Hempstead and end their Privett Park pain tomorrow (3pm).

Borough’s Southern League premier division survival hopes hinge on them improving their woeful home form.

They have yet to record a league victory in front of their own fans this term.

Manager Alex Pike knows that has to change quickly.

‘We have taken only one point at home all season and that is nowhere near good enough,’ he said.

‘If we believe the form book and don’t bother to turn up then there will only be one result.

‘Thankfully, football isn’t always like that and we are more than capable of causing an upset.’

Borough will need to be at their best defensively as the visitors are the highest scorers in the league, firing 38 goals in 15 games.

Hemel also boast an unbeaten away record – winning six and drawing two of their games on the road to date.

But Pike feels his men can step up to the challenge.

He said: ‘We showed in our two FA Cup games against Bath City that we are capable of taking on and beating anybody.

‘In the league we went to third-placed Chesham and beat them 3-0 but, again, it proved another false dawn.

‘I am not happy with our results and it is time the players started to turn in the necessary performances.

‘I view this game as a great opportunity for us to turn things around at home.

‘The players shouldn’t need motivating for this one.’

Borough conceded three goals in their league cup tie in midweek against Winchester City but scraped through on penalties.

‘I was very disappointed to concede three goals against a team playing a level below us,’ said Pike.

‘The players have got to start believing in their ability because I believe they are good enough. They have to do it before it is too late, though.’

Striker Dan Wooden is an injury doubt but Brett Poate and Jamie Brown should be back after being rested.

Gosport: Ashmore, May, Stow, Woodward, Poate, Cook, Molyneux, Pearce, Martin, Wilde, Smith, Brown, Wooden, Igoe, Gaisie, Bennett, Norton.

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