Borough drop points in play-off race

Steve Ramsey in action against Weston- super-Mare. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs
Steve Ramsey in action against Weston- super-Mare. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs
  • Borough snatch late draw with Weston-super-Mare
  • Pike vows to keep going
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Alex Pike left Privett Park frustrated on Saturday after Gosport Borough only just snatched a 1-1 draw with Weston-super-Mare.

A late goal from Tom Dunford rescued a point to keep them fifth 
in the Vanarama conference south table.

I’m not going to let this season go flat and we will fight for every win possible

Alex Pike

Gosport do not have a match today, having played one game more than some of their rivals.

But with Whitehawk and Concord Rangers both in action, they could end the day in seventh place.

In Saturday’s game, Borough deservedly fell behind on the half-hour mark with a scrappy goal from the visitors.

The hosts then saw plenty of chances go begging in the second half, as the push for an equaliser got more and more desperate.

Gosport were obviously frustrated by Weston’s sturdy defence.

It wasn’t until 15 minutes from time that Dunford, on as a half-time substitute, managed to rescue a point for the hosts with a well-taken goal.

It was two valuable points lost, though, as Gosport struggled to get going in the opening 45 minutes.

‘I think it was probably two points dropped, rather than a point gained in all honesty,’ said Pike.

‘In our position, teams like Weston at home should be being put to the sword.

‘I thought our first half display didn’t warrant getting anything from the game.

‘Weston took the game to us with a no fear attitude and we struggled to cope with that at first.’

The introduction of Paco Saez and Dunford at half-time seemed to spark the home side into life, as more width provided better service for the strikers.

A change of formation in the second period created some good opportunities for but Borough duo Matt Paterson and Justin Bennett both missed the target.

‘We changed formation in the second half and the two subs changed the game,’ said Pike.

‘It allowed us to go 4-4-2 instead of the diamond midfield and gave us better width going forward.

‘We gave our forwards better service and we were probably unlucky to not win in the end.’

Pike will be hoping some results go his way today, but believes they’ve got to carry on fighting until the end of the season.

He said: ‘There’ll be lots of tired legs today and maybe players carrying knocks.

‘Fingers crossed, there will be some funny results!

‘I’m not going to let this season go flat and we will fight for every win possible.’

The Gosport manager knows that, while his side’s destiny is out of their hands, they must look to win 
their final three games against 
Bishop’s Stortford, St Albans and Bromley.

‘Every game is a cup final and we have to win it,’ said Pike.

‘Bishop’s Stortford are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the league.

‘St Albans beat us at their place so we owe them one.

‘I’m also hoping Bromley will have won the league by the time they play us so they come down to just have a party.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Forbes, Poate, Carter, Robinson, Pearce ©,Ramsey (Saez 45),Smith (Dunford 45), Paterson (Wort 80), Bennett, Wooden. Subs not used: Wilde, Benham