Borough boosted by Bideford heroics

Aaron Cook returns to the Gosport squad for the trip to Tiverton
Aaron Cook returns to the Gosport squad for the trip to Tiverton
Gosport Borough's Alfie Lis conceded a second-half penalty

Borough lose ground as they concede five again

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Gosport Borough make a second trip to Devon in the space of four days as they face an awkward Southern League division one south & west test at Tiverton Town.

Third-placed Borough are in fine form, losing just once in 24 outings, and in midweek forced an outstanding 2-2 draw at league-leaders Bideford.

That point was even more admirable because they played all but 10 minutes of the game a man short, after Lee Molyneaux was sent off.

Manager Alex Pike praised the work ethic of his players and their determination not to get beat.

‘I was proud of the way my players battled against the side top of the league, despite being a man short,’ said Pike.

‘Their manager said we were the best side seen at Bideford this season, even with just 10 men

‘Lee Molyneaux has been one of our signings of the season so maybe we can allow him this one mistake.

‘In this day and age, you can’t leave the ground when making a tackle but the lads worked hard to get him out of trouble.

‘I was still disappointed, though, because I still felt we underachieved and could have come away with all three points.’

Tiverton will present Borough with another physical test but the visitors are boosted by the return of three players.

Goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore comes straight back into the starting line-up after a one-match suspension, defender Aaron Cook has recovered from an ankle injury and midfielder James Ford reappears after work commitments.

Nathan Kirby is absent due to family commitments, while Dean Arnold will miss the rest of the campaign after setting off on a round-the-world trip.

‘We just have to keep doing what has got us into a good position,’ said Pike.

‘As long as I have got eight or nine players playing to their full potential then I would fancy us to win any game.

‘We are in third place at the start of the year and within striking distance of the top.

‘It is a perfect position.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Hards, Jones G, Molyneux, Cook, Poate, Ford, Way, Wilde, Wooden, Woodward, Claridge, Bennett, Sewell, Langworthy, Martin