Wimborne return has Pike eyeing big brekkie

Gosport's Brett Poate is back. Picture: Paul Jacobs (113483-5)
Gosport's Brett Poate is back. Picture: Paul Jacobs (113483-5)
Mick Jenkins Picture: Dave Haines

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Gosport boss Alex Pike is hoping for a stress-free visit to Wimborne Town in Southern League division one south west tomorrow (3pm).

When the two sides met earlier in the season Pike collapsed and was taken to hospital – where he was diagnosed with exhaustion.

He later admitted he had not eaten all day.

The events on the pitch can’t have helped, though.

Pike watched his promotion hopefuls race into a five-goal lead, only for Wimborne to hit back with three of their own.

‘I will be making sure I have a hearty breakfast this time around,’ said the Privett Park manager.

‘Hopefully, it won’t be one for a condemned man.

‘It is never easy against my old club. They are scrapping for their lives at the bottom and that will only make them more dangerous.

‘I have to make sure my players are prepared mentally.

‘At this stage it can be more about mental toughness than ability. It is a question of who can keep their nerve.’

Pike hopes to have defender Brett Poate back from injury but Aaron Cook is still a worry.

Lee Molyneux remains suspended but Dan Wooden is back from his three-game ban.

Gosport: Ashmore, Hards, Lewis, Woodward, Poate, Jones, Martin, Wilde, Wooden, Way, Kirby, Ford, Humble, Claridge, Bennett, Sewell, Langworthy