Borough boss wants more quality

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Pike sees positives amid Borough’s misfortune

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Alex Pike conceded that he must strengthen his Gosport Borough side if they are to keep up their impressive start to the Vanarama Conference South season – a campaign in which they still remain unbeaten after their 0-0 draw at Concord Rangers.

Pike confirmed he’s made chairman Mark Hook aware of the areas where they need to invest and he hopes to add more quality to his squad in the near future.

While he didn’t give any clues away on specific targets or the spots in which he feels they must strengthen, Pike believes his team needs improving.

Pike said: ‘I know where we need to improve and the chairman knows where he has to give me some money to go and get a player.

‘That’s probably what we’re going to have to do if we are going to progress. Hopefully we can do that soon.’

Gosport maintained their unbeaten start to the season following a less-than-enthralling goalless draw at the Essex-based club.

But Pike was satisfied with a point and took plenty of positives from the stalemate.

He said: ‘I’m happy to go away with a draw, a point and ultimately we’re still unbeaten.

‘I’m delighted with the start to the season we’ve had. There are not many teams that have played five games, with four clean sheets and only conceded one goal – that’s something to build on.

‘I think the two teams are very close in terms of our style of play.

‘We got promoted at the same time and I think there’s only one team in the league that can match us for determination and spirit and that might just be Concord. Our team spirit has won us games and points at this level and I think they are the same.’

Concord’s tight pitch makes it a difficult venue for visiting teams but Pike believes his side must learn to adapt.

He said: ‘I take my hat off to them. They have a small pitch that no-one really wants to play on.

‘It’s far too narrow but it suits their direct and physical style of play.

‘There’s no point moaning about it. I could find 101 reasons why we don’t win a football match.

‘What you have to do is deal with the conditions that are presented to you. Unfortunately we didn’t do that.

‘The game was more direct. It was a case of knocking the ball up there and simply fighting for second balls – it’s all you can do on that pitch.

‘But you have to learn to adapt to different styles of play in this league, the physical ones and the footballing ones.’

The game itself had few chances, although both sides may have nicked a winner.

Pike said: ‘We had two great chances right before the end of the first-half – where Matt Paterson was unlucky – and we had the better of the chances throughout.

‘Yet, they had a couple of chances that were our fault. Two under-hit passes in the midfield could have cost us. We were lucky too.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Carter, Poate, Pearce, Forbes, Dunford, Smith, Ramsey, Wooden, Bennett, Paterson (Wort, 82). Unused subs: Shaw, Saez, Wilde, Matthews