Borough striker confident club’s luck will change

Rory Williams. Picture: Malcolm Wells (132371-9692)
Rory Williams. Picture: Malcolm Wells (132371-9692)
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Rory Williams believes Gosport Borough are due a change of luck as they visit Sutton United in the Skrill South (3pm).

The Privett Park outfit have suffered a torrid time over Christmas – both on and off the pitch.

Storms ripped the roof off their clubhouse, before Borough suffered a 3-0 derby defeat to the Hawks on Boxing Day. Alex Pike’s side then saw the home clash with Basingstoke abandoned.

They were leading 1-0 early in the second half when a floodlight failure brought the game to a premature end.

Repairs to the clubhouse roof were then vandalised on New Year’s Eve, before the return game with the Hawks was washed out.

The blows made for a miserable festive season.

But prior to their holiday woes, Borough had started to turn their season around.

A run of five games unbeaten included an FA Trophy replay win over Skrill Premier Nuneaton Town.

And Williams reckons there are still plenty of reasons to be positive – despite the side failing to score in each of their past three completed fixtures.

‘Things were going well just before Christmas but since then things have conspired against us,’ said the striker.

‘We know we’re not scoring enough goals but it is not through a lack of effort.

‘There are plenty of goals in the team but the longer the drought goes on the more frustrating it becomes.

‘We have become increasingly hesitant and that is possibly a confidence thing.

‘Despite not scoring we still feel we are making a contribution in other areas.

‘One thing that hasn’t changed is the spirit and our belief we can stay up.

‘Once we start knocking a couple of goals in I am sure we will be okay.’

Borough improved defensively before Christmas.

They managed five consecutive clean sheets before defeat to the Hawks and temporarily hauled themselves out of the bottom three.

Borough will face a stern test at fourth-placed Sutton.

But they can take encouragement from some of their recent away performances.

At Farnborough they lost to a controversial goal, but at Concord Rangers Williams and Dan Wooden found the target in a 2-0 win.

‘It was good to score at Concord and hopefully that will spur me on to score more,’ said Williams.

‘We should have scored more goals in the two games against Nuneaton but came up against an inspired keeper.

‘He pulled off some unbelievable saves.

‘We will have plenty of opportunities because it looks as though we will be playing twice a week regularly now.

‘That should give us a chance to get on a roll.

‘A couple of good results will change the whole picture.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Forbes, Poate, Brown, Richardson, Pearce, Igoe, Smith, Wooden, Williams, Dunford, Sills, Bennett, Wilde, Molyneaux, Barfoot