Trophy exit makes it all-time low for Pike at Gosport

28/7/12_SPORT'Gosport Borough vs Moneyfields at Privett Park.'Gosport manager Alex Pike.''Picture: Steve Reid (122516-577)
28/7/12_SPORT'Gosport Borough vs Moneyfields at Privett Park.'Gosport manager Alex Pike.''Picture: Steve Reid (122516-577)
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Alex Pike admitted it’s not been a great week after his side were dumped out of the FA Trophy 3-2 at AFC Totton.

That followed an FA Cup loss to Slough, while Borough have also slipped into the bottom three in the Southern League premier division.

Pike said: ‘I’ve had better weeks in football.

‘In my seven years with Borough it has been a roller-coaster of a ride with highs and lows.

‘Though this is an all-time low, at the moment I still have a belief in what we are trying to achieve.

‘I have a bunch of honest players at the club with a good blend of youth and experience.

‘They will, without doubt, come through this.

‘We remain positive because if you look at the games we have lost they have mainly been by an odd goal.

‘It is only a matter of time before we turn the corner and will keep working hard on the training ground to cut out the individual mistakes that are costing us.’

AFC Totton grabbed a ninth-minute lead when Richard Gillespie capitalised on a mistake in the Borough defence.

They added a second on 23 minutes, with Ryan Hill crashing home a free-kick.

It was a below-par first-half performance from Borough, possibly suffering a hangover from their midweek FA Cup disappointment.

Pike also felt he may have got it wrong tactically.

‘We played 4-3-2-1 at the start and that allowed Totton, with their 4-4-2, to gain more width,’ said Pike.

‘Once I changed it to match them we did a lot better.

‘We scored twice after the interval and had other chances.’

Ten minutes into the second period, Tom Dunford reduced the arrears with a fine strike but Totton restored their two-goal cushion five minutes later, through Jamie Whisken.

Substitute Adam Wilde scored for Borough on 72 minutes.

But though the visitors pressed in the final stages, they were denied.

‘I think we were hit by a fear factor in the first half,’ said Pike.

‘The players were scared of going out of another cup and lacked confidence.

‘Going into the second half two goals down meant that we could play with a greater freedom and it showed.

‘The players seem to lack any inner belief and that is something I have to turn around.’