Borough boys ‘playing for their futures’

Gosport Borough manager Alex Pike
Gosport Borough manager Alex Pike
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Alex Pike has told his Gosport Borough troops: You are playing for your futures.

The Borough boss leads his side into a crucial home showdown with St Neots Town tomorrow and has made it clear it could be the last appearance at Privett Park for some of his charges if they don’t deliver.

Gosport must better rivals Barwell’s result on the final day of the season and could also yet overhaul Hemel Hempstead.

But if the Southern League premier play-offs are ultimately out of reach, Pike knows his playing budget will be affected next season.

He said: ‘We are already looking at next season and this result will be a big factor. We’re in a results business.

‘Every level we have gone up, it has added about 150 to our crowds. That makes a big difference. But I’ve got nine contracted players and I have a budget to work with.

‘If we don’t get that potential extra income, I would have to look at those players and see which of them gave me the best value for money over the season.’

Former Pompey midfielder Sammy Igoe, defender Aaron Cook, Jamie Brown and Danny Smith are among those who could be in the firing line.

Borough have also done their bit to earn some extra cash by offering half-price admission – £5 for adults – to any Pompey season-ticket holder, with the Blues away at Shrewsbury this weekend.

Pike said: ‘We’d love to have a few more along to help us out with Pompey away.’

He added: ‘I’ve always been a lucky manager, not a good one. I still think I am going to be lucky and Frome will do us a favour at Barwell.’