Borough come through second embargo

Pat Cox in action for Gosport in his last spell at the club
Pat Cox in action for Gosport in his last spell at the club
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Alex Pike is keen to unleash three new players at Weston-super-Mare in Skrill South tomorrow – after he confirmed Gosport Borough have just emerged from a second transfer embargo of the season.

The Privett Park outfit were prevented from registering new players by the league after a late submission of paperwork before a delayed payment of a tax bill extended the punishment.

With the debt now paid, Pike insisted the matter was not down to a cash-flow problem at the club.

He also shrugged off the effect it had on the team’s fortunes as they bid to climb away from relegation trouble.

And the Borough boss is now keen to make up for lost time as he attempts to tie up deals for Crawley striker Jonte Smith, Hawks midfielder Steve Ramsey and Fleet Town forward Pat Cox in time for the clash.

Pike said: ‘Of course we could have done without the embargo but I am not using that as an excuse.

‘These things happen in football and, as a manager, you need to get on with it.

‘It was basically because of some outstanding paperwork and then it was down to the timing that a tax bill needed paying.

‘It wasn’t a huge amount – probably about as much as some people have on their credit card.

‘But had the original paperwork gone in on time, there wouldn’t have been a problem.

‘It’s the second embargo of the season and, hopefully, the last.’

Smith is a Bermuda international and was set to complete the formalities on his month’s loan at training last night.

Ramsey’s proposed switch has been held up, with negotiations between the clubs ongoing.

Meanwhile, Cox should complete a return to Privett Park in time to feature.

Pike said: ‘There is a bit of a sticking point with Ramsey at the moment but I’m hopeful that will be resolved quickly.

‘And I expect to have Smith available to play.’

Pike has also explained his decision to offer former supporters’ player of the year Cox another opportunity after a fall-out saw him shown the door two seasons ago.

The Borough boss said: ‘Pat has always been a good player.

‘His ability has never been in question but when he was here before, it was a question about his attitude.

‘Since then he has grown up a bit. But I never hold a grudge.

‘People do things at certain times and I am prepared to give them a second chance.

‘My priority is to get the best team playing for Gosport.

‘So if I think he is good enough, then that has to be the main thing.

‘If he has a similar attitude to last time, he will be gone within seven days. But I’m absolutely sure that will not be the case.

‘He has scored 15 goals for Fleet Town and nine for Guildford – both are struggling teams. I think he will do well for us.’

Pike added: ‘Weston-super-Mare beat Eastleigh in midweek so we know the size of the task. But we are capable of getting a result.’