Forbes back from shortest retirement

Andy Forbes, left, in action for Gosport
Andy Forbes, left, in action for Gosport
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Andy Forbes is set to make his Gosport Borough second coming in their Vanarama South trip to Weston-super-Mare after calling time on his premature retirement.

The versatile 35-year-old forged a reputation as a feared striker at Eastleigh, Winchester City and Sutton United, while he once netted 88 goals in one season for Andover.

But after arriving at Privett Park in the summer of 2013, Forbes played almost the entire campaign in a defensive role, and is set to add his experience to the ranks once again – despite telling boss Alex Pike that he was hanging up his boots earlier this summer.

Pike said: ‘Andy has re-signed and it’s a timely return, to be honest.

‘I’ve got Rory Williams suspended so it’s ideal that he can come in at left-back.

‘He is naturally fit, he’s done two or three training sessions and he has done some extra work. He is ready to play.

‘He felt he wanted to retire from football.

‘But I knew that he would miss it and the door was always left open for him.

‘To be honest, I think he just missed me!’

Aside from the loss of Williams, after his red card at Chelmsford on the opening day of the campaign, Pike has lost central defender Ben Gerring for around three months with knee ligament damage, and Mike Carter has been out with an ankle injury – although he is expected to return tomorrow.

And Pike feels the injuries have affected his side’s start to the new season.

He said: ‘I think we could have done a bit better.

‘But we had one point from the first three games last season so it’s a big improvement to have five already.’

In the corresponding fixture last term, Jamie Brown struck a spectacular long-range strike to claim all three points in a vital win.

But the club’s former skipper will not be involved this time, with Borough having received notification of the appeal against his recent dismissal.

A three-man panel will conduct the hearing on September 2 at the Conference headquarters in Birmingham.