Woodford is just the job for Borough

Hawks-Ryan Woodford scores for the hawks from a header in the first half'''during the friendly football match Havant & Waterlooville vs Sutton Utd on 10th Sept 2011 at the Westleigh Park. Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines) '

Hawks-Ryan Woodford scores for the hawks from a header in the first half'''during the friendly football match Havant & Waterlooville vs Sutton Utd on 10th Sept 2011 at the Westleigh Park. Dave Haines (Photo credit should read Picture/s by Dave Haines) '

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Alex Pike has welcomed Ryan Woodford to Privett Park.

Gosport Borough have brought the Hawks defender in on loan until the end of the season.

He will go straight into their starting line-up against Bedford Town in the Southern League premier division tomorrow.

Woodford is set to replace Lee Molyneaux, who is on holiday, for the home clash.

And after Borough’s 22-game unbeaten league run propelled them into the play-off places, Pike reckons Woodford can help keep them there.

‘He is my type of player – one who can play it out from the back,’ said the Borough boss.

‘His style fits in with the way we try to play at Gosport.

‘What he lacks in height he more than makes up for with a great step that allows him to match attackers in the air.

‘He knows a number of our players already and has played with the likes of Sammy Igoe at Westleigh Park.’

Borough’s unbeaten run – the longest in the whole football pyramid from the Premier League down – will be put under pressure by Bedford Town.

The visitors were the last team to beat Gosport in the league – way back on November 3.

That day, a 27th-minute goal proved enough to beat Borough and send them into the relegation zone. Since then Pike has overseen a remarkable turnaround at Privett Park.

And Borough are keen to put the record straight.

‘Our record means we are now a target in every game we play,’ said Pike.

‘Every team we play wants to take our scalp. Bedford can play with no fear because they have little to lose.

‘But nothing changes for us – we have to make sure we continue applying ourselves.’

Jamie Brown is sidelined by a two-game ban but Dan Smith makes a timely return from a hamstring injury.

With play-off rivals Barwell just a point adrift, Gosport can’t afford to slip up.

And Pike is once more hoping the fans will turn out in force to back the club

‘We had 586 through the gate for our last home game against Leamington – and they made such a big difference,’ he said.

‘People are starting to realise we are a successful club that play attractive football.

‘It would be great to get over 600 in for this game and make it a more intimidating place.

‘The players do raise their game when a vocal crowd gets behind them.’

GOSPORT BOROUGH: Ashmore, King, Cook, Woodford, Poate, Igoe, Woodward, Smith, Dunford, Williams, Wooden, Bennett, Wilde, Wilson, Martin, Norton

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