Borough boss tempted to unleash striker

Lee Wort, second left. Picture: Keith Fuller/KF Photography
Lee Wort, second left. Picture: Keith Fuller/KF Photography
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Alex Pike could hand striker Lee Wort his first Vanarama Conference South start of the season at Bromley (3pm).

Wort, signed from FA Vase winners Sholing in the summer, has appeared as a substitute in all seven of Gosport Borough’s games this season.

Two successive home defeats has seen the Privett Park outfit slip from fifth to 16th in the table.

Apart from the five goals scored at Weston-super-Mare, the Borough strikers have failed to find the net on a regular basis.

And while Pike attributes some of that to a lack of service, he is tempted to give Wort his chance tomorrow.

‘If I was in his position, I would have to think I was in with a great chance,’ said Pike.

‘You don’t sign quality strikers like Lee to leave them on the bench.

‘It is only the form of Matt Paterson and Justin Bennett that has kept him out.

‘We have lost our last two games, though, and my other strikers must feel they will get a go.

‘Lee is a natural goalscorer and I have been impressed with his attitude and application.

‘He is a raw talent, strong with pace and has a natural eye for goal.’

Borough will be pleased to be back on the road after failing to secure a home win so far this season.

Pike’s team are undefeated on their travels, where the manager feels they are under less pressure.

He reckons with the emphasis on home teams to go on the offensive, it opens up more space for the visitors.

Second-placed Bromley have already lost twice at home this term, so Borough will believe they have a chance of getting something from the game.

‘If you look at last season, we only picked up one point from 30 against the top five sides,’ Pike added.

‘That is appalling and something we have to put right.

‘If we are to do anything in this league then that needs to improve.

‘I go into every game believing we can win it and Bromley tomorrow will be no different.’

The visitors are hampered by the ongoing absence of injured duo Andy Forbes and Danny Smith.

Both players failed fitness tests last weekend and have not trained during the week.

Pike is also without long-term casualties Luke King and Ben Gerring, while Brett Poate plays his final league game before starting a three-match ban.

‘We need to start getting some players back,’ said the boss.

‘There are no easy games at this level and players have to be on it from the word go.

‘That wasn’t the case against Whitehawk.

‘The players have been left in no doubt I expect a 90-minute performance.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Molyneaux, Williams, Carter, Poate, Pearce, Dunford, Ramsey, Wort, Bennett, Wilde, Paterson, Wooden, Saez, Matthews, Woodward