Pike rues Borough’s defending in Redditch defeat

Alex Pike. Picture: Keith Woodland
Alex Pike. Picture: Keith Woodland
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Alex Pike rued Gosport Borough’s ‘unacceptable’ defending as his side fell to a 4-2 defeat at Redditch United in the Southern League premier division last night.

Despite going into half-time level, the Privett Park outfit conceded twice in the second period and extended their winless league streak to 13 matches.

Craig McAllister and Ryan Pennery were on target for the visitors.

The reverse means Borough remain at the basement of the division and missed the chance to leapfrog second-bottom Dunstable Town.

Pike felt his side gifted Redditch two goals and insisted they must start winning games.

The Gosport manager said: ‘We have got to start winning games – it is as simple as that.

‘It is annoying but I can’t keep saying that.

‘At times in the first half we were unplayable.

‘Ryan Pennery was on fire and Jordan Brooks, on loan from Pompey’s academy, was excellent throughout.

‘But once again we conceded stupid, sloppy goals.

‘Everyone knows their jobs at set-pieces but we seem to switch off.

‘At set-pieces we looked a mess and two of their goals came from that.

‘In midfield we are not tracking the runners.

‘It is unacceptable. All the talk has stopped and we need action.

‘It is no good to keep on saying we have games in hand.

‘We need to start winning and picking up points starting this weekend.’