Pike worried over fixture loss

Alex Pike
Alex Pike
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Alex Pike has questioned the wisdom of releasing the new Conference South fixture list hours before Salisbury City were expelled from the league.

Salisbury had already been relegated from the premier division over unpaid debts but have now been kicked out entirely – subject to appeal.

That decision would have a major knock-on effect with Gosport Borough facing the prospect of losing the potentially lucrative August Bank Holiday Monday fixture against the troubled club.

Borough boss Pike said: ‘If the decision stands and Salisbury aren’t allowed back in, it could lose us upwards of £15,000 if we lose that fixture.

‘I hope for the Salisbury fans that it’s not the case but I fear it might be.

‘The Conference is the most professional league I have ever dealt with but in this instance, they have been so amateur.

‘They have extended deadlines and should have had all of this ratified by the AGM. Clubs like Gosport could lose a lot of money.

‘Are they going to compensate us for that?

‘I just find it amazing that they have published the fixture list before the issue was resolved. It’s a mess.’

Borough face Hawks over the Christmas and New Year period again as they travel to West Leigh Park on Boxing Day and then host them at Privett Park on January 1.

The home clash was postponed last season because of a waterlogged pitch.

But Pike is hopeful that will not be the case this time around with £120,000 spent on a new pitch over the close season.

He said: ‘Hopefully we can cope with whatever this winter throws at us now.’

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