Borough boss seething at lack of effort

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Bognor remain bottom after defeat

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Alex Pike refused to defend his Gosport Borough troops after they suffered a painful 2-0 Skrill South defeat at Boreham Wood.

The Privett Park boss watched his men turn in another pitiful display as their woeful start to the season continued at Meadow Park.

Boreham Wood had lost their previous four matches but brushed the visitors aside with ease on Saturday.

The loss left Pike and Borough still looking for their first win since promotion from the Southern League.

A long scrap against relegation beckons – unless the manager can whip his team into shape. And Pike has promised fans he will not shy away from big decisions in a bid to avoid the drop.

‘We lacked just about everything and never once looked like getting back in the match once they had scored,’ said the boss.

‘What really hurts is the fact I have a squad of very experienced players.

‘Many of them have played at a higher level, although it’s hard to believe after that show.

‘Mick (Catlin, assistant manager) and I cannot continue to defend them or, come to that, the performances which are nowhere near what we demand.

‘If the club is not worth the very best effort from everyone, then it’s my position as manager to make changes.

‘The players know I’m a man of my word and won’t put up with their sloppy performances.

‘That’s how things stand and we have the rest of the week to sort things out.

‘And they will be sorted, I promise you.’

Boreham Wood brought Borough to heel in almost every area, apart from the midfield – where the grit and determination of Pompey loanee Nick Awford, 18, was well worth the admission fee.

But Awford’s performance – and that of a combative Jamie Brown – was all Borough fans had to cheer.

The weakness Borough have in dealing with crosses was highlighted on 28 minutes as Donovan Simmonds headed home the opener.

The hosts then secured the points before the break when, in an effort to deal with Greg Morgan’s fiercely-driven cross, Brett Poate turned the ball into his own net.

GOSPORT BOROUGH: Ashmore, Hinshelwood, Poate, Awford, Molyneaux, Pearce, Dunford, Brown, Williams, Bennett, Wooden. Subs: Forbes, Woodward, Gosney, Barton, Igoe