Borough face crucial test of their bottle

Rory Williams
Rory Williams
  • Gosport bidding to get back on track at Sutton
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Rory Williams insists Gosport Borough still have the bottle to fight back for a play-off place.

Borough have seen their Vanarama Conference South hopes take a major hit after three straight defeats against sides below them in the table.

I don’t think our bottle has gone at all

Rory Williams

The latest was a crushing 3-0 loss at Wealdstone on Monday and boss Alex Pike suggested the promotion dream was over for his men in the immediate aftermath.

That, however, is not the feeling among all of the players and Pike has been known to use unorthodox methods in the past as a motivational tactic to gain a reaction.

While critics may suggest Borough have buckled under the pressure, the pacy left-back insists they have the courage and mental strength as they bid to stop the rot at Sutton United tomorrow.

Williams said: ‘I don’t think anyone can question our desire but maybe you can question our quality.

‘We want to win and we want to go up. But you can want that as much as you want, if you haven’t quite got the quality to do it, then it won’t happen.

‘I don’t think our bottle has gone at all, though.

‘People might have said that a few games ago when we lost a couple of games.

‘Then we won four on the spin and nobody questioned our bottle then.

‘We’ve won a game recently when Nathan Ashmore got sent off and Sam Pearce went in goal.

‘Those are the kinds of games that you might lose if you haven’t got the bottle for it.

‘We’ve lost three games – that’s all. It’s still all to play for and I think we are still in with a good chance.

‘But we need to stop the run of defeats as quickly as possible.’

Aside from the defeats, another major worry for Borough is the way the goals have dried up.

They have drawn blanks in three straight fixtures and were without Matt Paterson at Wealdstone because of a groin problem.

The former Southampton man is hopeful he will be available for the trip to Gander Green Lane.

But Williams believes there are two problems that need to be addressed.

He said: ‘I don’t know what it is at the moment. When we are on top in games, we are conceding goals and not scoring. It’s not a great recipe.

‘I thought we played well for the first 15 minutes at Wealdstone and then let in a goal.

‘Then we dominated them for the first 20 minutes of the second half, didn’t take our chances and then it’s 2-0.

‘We are not scoring goals at the moment and we keep letting in early goals.

‘We’ve conceded in the first 20 minutes in three games running now.

‘And we haven’t managed to score in any of those games.

‘No disrespect to any of them but we’ve played teams that are well below us in the table. Not only have we lost the games but we haven’t scored either.

‘We are creating chances and we just haven’t taken them.

‘There are not too many places harder to go than Sutton but we haven’t given up and we are ready to get it going again.’

GOSPORT: Ashmore, Forbes, Pearce, Poate, Williams, Smith, Carter, Dunford, Wooden, Wilde, Ramsey, Paterson, Bennett, Wort, Robinson Saez, Matthews