Borough keen to get back in the game

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike
Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike
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Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike is keeping his fingers crossed tonight’s Skrill South game against Hayes & Yeading at Privett Park (7.45pm) can beat the weather.

Pike is desperate for a change of luck after enduring a torrid time over the festive period.

His team have only taken to the field once since Boxing Day – and even then the game against Basingstoke Town was abandoned in the second half because of floodlight failure.

Borough were leading 1-0 at the time, so Pike can be forgiven for thinking the football gods are conspiring against him at the moment.

With Privett Park under water at the weekend following torrential rain, it may take a minor miracle to get tonight’s match on.

Pike is bracing himself for further disappointment.

‘We are desperate to start playing again,’ said Pike.

‘Events on and off the field over Christmas have not helped our cause.

‘Up until then we had started to pick up some momentum and it remains to be seen if we can pick that up again.

‘At the moment it feels as if that has been brought to an abrupt halt.

‘We have managed to get in a lot of training since but there is no compensation for playing competitive games.’

Pike is also hoping to get a game in as preparation for this weekend’s important FA Trophy clash at Hungerford Town.

When the game at Sutton United was called off on Saturday morning, the manager immediately set off for Bideford to watch their Trophy opponents force a 0-0 draw.

Although playing at a level below in the Southern League premier division, Hungerford will be dangerous opponents – particularly on their own ground.

Having just come up from that league, Borough are all too aware of how competitive the sides in it are.

Pike doesn’t want to go into the tie with his team not having played for over a fortnight.

A place in the quarter-finals of the Trophy for the first time in their history would be a huge achievement.

But Pike isn’t thinking about that until after tonight’s game.

Lack of games has sent Borough back into the bottom three – six points adrift of safety.

They have plenty of games in hand but need points on the board.

‘Our bread and butter is the league, and if the game is on, our focus is on picking up important points,’ said Pike.

‘We now also have a growing fixture back-log to contend with and that won’t help.

‘It was brought home at the weekend when the first available date to re-arrange the Sutton game is in mid-March.

‘That means we will be playing twice a week for the best part of three months.

‘For some of our players in the twilight of their careers it will be a big test.

‘It will be up to me to try and manage the situation.’