Win is a tonic for Pike

27/02/10  ''Gosport Borough in yellow V Bracknell at Privett Park, Gosport. Pictured is Gosport's manager Alex Pike''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (100661-4)
27/02/10 ''Gosport Borough in yellow V Bracknell at Privett Park, Gosport. Pictured is Gosport's manager Alex Pike''Picture: Paul Jacobs (100661-4)
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GOSPORT BOROUGH provided a boost for manager Alex Pike with a 2-1 win over Halesowen in the Southern League south & west division.

Pike returned to the touchline after collapsing during last Monday night’s win over Wimborne Town.

And he will have been boosted by goals from Liam Sewell and Justin Bennett at Privett Park.

Borough hope to further aid the manager’s recovery with a good performance and victory tonight against Abingdon United at Privett Park (7.45pm).

‘We want more of the same,’ said assistant manager Mick Catlin.

‘This win puts us up to eighth and if we can take full advantage of our games in hand we can put ourselves right up to where we want to be.

‘Against Halesowen it was a good all-round team performance and Alex appreciated it. Nothing makes you feel better than winning.’

Liam Sewell gave Borough the perfect start after just four minutes, slotting home the rebound from a James Ford shot.

The midlands visitors levelled from the penalty spot eight minutes later after a foul by Lee Molyneaux.

But Borough clinched the win with a penalty of their own, 10 minutes from time.

Nathan Kirby was flattened in the area and Justin Bennett netted the spot-kick.

Sewell will miss tonight’s game with a hamstring injury, while Aaron Cook and Steve Claridge are likely to be rested ahead of the weekend’s FA Trophy tie at Blue Square Bet South Dorchester.

Borough have experienced defender Brett Poate back, while left-sided player Adam Wilde also returns to the Privett Park ranks for the clash.

‘We are flying at the moment and a lot of that is down to having a solid back four, with Nathan Ashmore behind them in goal,’ added the assistant manager.

‘Nathan has bounced back from his disappointment at the Hawks and is showing what a good young goalkeeper he is.

‘He is a big character and provides us with a big presence at the back.’