Pike: We proved we can play good football

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Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike felt his team silenced any accusations they are a long-ball side with a positive display in last night’s 0-0 draw against the Hawks.

The Privett Park hosts had the better of the Skrill South clash, with some slick attacking interchanges causing problems for the play-off-chasing visitors.

Rory Williams on the attack against the Hawks at Privett Park. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14752-2)

Rory Williams on the attack against the Hawks at Privett Park. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14752-2)

But they could not find the clinical touch that would have earned them a valuable victory in their battle to avoid the drop.

Pike was happy with the way his team performed, though he was left disappointed by the final outcome.

He said: ‘I was pleased with the performance – disappointed in the result.

‘The way the game went after 90 minutes, I personally felt that was a couple of points dropped.

‘In the past we have been accused of being a long-ball side but we got the ball down and played football.

‘We played with two wide players, two lads up front, and we caused Havant all sorts of problems.

‘Maybe with a little bit more composure in front of goal the result could have been in our favour.

‘But it wasn’t to be.’

Gosport included new arrival Jack Kerrigan, signed on loan from AFC Bournemouth, at left-back.

But after an early scare when centre-back Andy Forbes cleared off the line, the Gosport defence was hardly troubled.

In contrast, Pike’s attacking quartet of Rory Williams, Dan Wooden, Dan Woodward and Lee Carmichael were threatening throughout.

They were supported well by midfielder Ryan Scott, who forced a good save from Hawks keeper Benji Buchel with a low drive on six minutes.

Carmichael then missed a good chance to put Gosport ahead.

Woodward’s cross bounced into his path but his left-foot shot skewed well wide of the far post.

Buchel had to make saves from Williams, Carmichael and Woodward before the break to keep the scores level.

The pattern continued in the second half, with Gosport on top.

Forbes headed wide from a corner and Woodward flashed a rising shot well over the bar.

The Hawks had a dangerous spell in the second period, when substitute Aristide Bassele twice got in behind the Gosport defence on his debut.

But he was unable to find a finish and it was Borough who looked the more likely team to win it.

Williams hit a dipping strike over the top.

Then twice it took some last-ditch Hawks defending to stop the home side claiming three points.

Pike believes, however, that come the final analysis at the end of the season, he may look back and see it as a precious point.

Especially with the Hawks having lost just once in 18 matches in all competitions.

The Gosport boss said: ‘Havant are a tremendous side.

‘They are keeping clean sheets and are on a great run.

‘Maybe in the cold light of day we will look back and see it as a point gained.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Molyneaux, Kerrigan, Scott, Forbes, Pearce, Carmichael, Smith, Wooden, Williams, Woodward. Subs: Prior, Wilde, Dunford, Igoe, Barfoot

Hawks: Buchel, Newton, Cummings, Hutchinson, Strugnall, Woodford, Ramsey, Atangana, Oli, Przespolewski, Ryan. Subs: Nanetti, Donnelly, Ciardini, Bassele, Monteiro