Pike wants Gosport to step it up... Moneys trio set to return

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Alex Pike’s Gosport Borough go in search of a third win on the bounce when they travel to Sholing tonight (7.45pm),

Preparations are going smoothly ahead of the Conference South season.

Borough beat Blackfield & Langley 3-1 in their opening game and then won 2-1 at AFC Totton in midweek.

However, Pike feels they need to improve on how they played at Totton.

‘We raced into a two-goal lead after 20 minutes but after that our ball retention was poor,’ said the boss.

‘That is an area I am looking to see us improve.

‘Our first two games have been all about fitness and developing partnerships across the pitch.

‘Now we must look to put those into practice against Sholing.

‘It is a good game for us at this point because they finished well in the Southern League south & west.

‘Their demotion into the Wessex League was through their own choice and they have still retained a lot of their players.’

Gosport have key men missing, with Jamie Brown and Luke King on holiday while Dan Wooden (knee) and Sammy Igoe (hamstring) are also likely to miss out.

Moneyfields take on Sussex League outfit Selsey at Dover Road in a double-header – 1pm and 3pm.

Russell Rackley, James Ford and Stuart Green could be back for Moneys on Saturday but striker Steve Hutchings is still away working in Jersey.

‘Pre-season hasn’t gone to plan so far because of holidays and unavailability,’ said Rutherford.

‘We start the season on August 3, which I think is a bit too early but we have to get on with it.

‘Between now and then I am hoping to get everyone involved playing.’

AFC Portchester are also in action against Sussex opponents Pagham at Wicor Mill (3pm).

Horndean welcome Worthing to Five Heads Park (3pm).

Fareham Town, Petersfield Town and United Services are all involved in double-headers.

Fareham visit Pewsey Vale, Petersfield host Chichester City at Bedales School and the Sailors meet Littlehampton at Burnaby Road (12.30pm and 3pm).

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