Poate saves Gosport Borough from Pike ear-bashing

Brett Poate, centre. Picture Ian Hargreaves (151409-6)
Brett Poate, centre. Picture Ian Hargreaves (151409-6)
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Alex Pike revealed Brett Poate had saved his team-mates from a half-time ear-bashing after Gosport Borough continued their impressive start to the season with a 3-1 home win over Truro City.

A lethargic opening to the National League South contest saw the Cornish outfit make the early running and Nathan Ashmore called into action on several occasions.

Borough then fell behind to Matt Wright’s header just before the half-hour mark as their unbeaten start to the campaign came under threat.

With Pike becoming increasingly agitated and preparing himself to dish out a few home truths to his players, the Borough skipper popped up to nod his side level from Ben Harding’s looping cross following a corner.

After some carefully-chosen words from the manager at the break, Gosport were much-improved and sealed the points just past the hour mark.

Harding headed Borough ahead as Rory Williams’ cross made its way across the six-yard area and Truro were still reeling when Dan Wooden tricked his way into the box and arrowed home a third within two minutes to clinch the victory.

Pike said: ‘Brett Poate saved them from a massive rollicking at half-time.

‘They got it back to 1-1, so they cut my legs off a bit.

‘We had a few words at half-time and sorted a few things out.

‘I didn’t go mad. It was measured but I think they all knew I wasn’t happy. I was just disappointed and frustrated.

‘I had wanted a quick start to the game.

‘Truro had a long journey and had left at 8am, so I wanted us to get right into them for the first 20 minutes and test them out.

‘But it was vice versa. They had the better start, created the better chances and got themselves 1-0 up.

‘We started slowly and had that been against one of the quality sides in the league, we wouldn’t have been able to get the game back. You can’t do things like that.

‘We want to improve game by game and it’s a lesson we have to learn.’

With Borough in more control of the game after the break, Pike was rather more satisfied with his troops at the final whistle.

He said: ‘Their goal actually kick-started us and we had a couple of chances after that. Then I felt we clicked into gear.

‘To be fair, I don’t think Nathan Ashmore had a save to make in the second half. It worked out okay in the end.

‘We upped it a couple of gears. But had we started the game like that, we would have kept a clean sheet and won by a larger margin.’

Borough visit Basingstoke today with Pike aiming to make it six points out of six for the bank holiday weekend.

And he has promised to make some changes to his side.

He said: ‘I think any manager would be stupid not to rotate when you have two games in 48 hours.

‘My squad is strong and I have faith in them so I will freshen things up.

‘I’ve got that depth now. We used three substitutes and they will probably start at Basingstoke.

‘If we can make it six points out of six, we will be right up there and it will be a very good start.’

GOSPORT: Ashmore, Cuthberson, Poate, Woodford, Williams, Ryan, Harding (Wheeler, 75mins), Dunford, Wooden (Barker, 75mins), White (Wort, 70mins), Bennett. Subs not used: Scott, Walker