Gosport boss frustrated as Wood dent fine start

Nathan Ashmore makes a fine save to prevent Boreham Wood extending their lead. Picture: Dave Haines
Nathan Ashmore makes a fine save to prevent Boreham Wood extending their lead. Picture: Dave Haines
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Alex Pike revealed his frustration as Gosport Borough’s unbeaten start to the Vanarama Conference South season came to end on Saturday.

The Privett Park boss reckoned his side were better than visitors Boreham Wood in every department.

However, Lee Angol’s goal separated the teams as the Hertfordshire outfit stole the points.

Pike was disappointed after the game but vowed to learn from it.

The Borough boss said: ‘My initial reaction is one of frustration and disappointment.

‘You look at all the stats from the game – possession, chances created, crosses into the box – and we are on top.

‘Unfortunately, they’ve scored a goal and we haven’t.’

The home side hit the bar through Steve Ramsey in the first half before Tom Dunford rattled the post in the dying moments of the game.

Mike Carter also missed when it seemed easier to score, in what proved to be the last chance of the match.

But despite Borough having the best of the opportunities, it was Ian Allinson’s side that took the decisive one.

Angol, on loan from League Two Luton Town, scored his fifth goal of the season just after the hour mark with a neat finish past onrushing Borough keeper Nathan Ashmore.

It moved Boreham Wood up to third in the table, while Gosport fell three places to ninth.

Pike, however, has been pleased by the progress made so far this season.

‘I have to take the positives and learn from it,’ he added.

‘This is a side that was in the top four and we’ve more than matched them, in terms of football.

‘Like I’ve said before, there are different styles of football in the Conference South and you’ve got to be able to adapt to them.

‘You can’t always impose your will on your opponent.’

The Privett Park attendance of 643 – on Non-League Day, a celebration of all things outside the professional game – was also pleasing for the Borough manager.

‘I’m always happy when someone puts their hand in their pocket to come and watch my side,’ he said.

‘It’s important these players can play in front of a big crowd.’

Borough will aim to bounce back from the defeat to Boreham Wood when they return to action next weekend.

The visit of Steve King’s Whitehawk on Saturday awaits Pike’s Privett Park outfit.