Gosport build bridge across the harbour

Gosport boss Alex Pike. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123109-3)
Gosport boss Alex Pike. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123109-3)
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Alex Pike is keen to raise Gosport Borough’s profile even further as he seeks to establish more links with professional clubs.

The Borough boss was contacted to let Premier League outfit Stoke City use Privett Park as a training venue ahead of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton.

And Pompey manager Guy Whittingham attended Gosport’s end-of-season presentation awards night with a view to forging more links between the harbour neighbours.

Pike said: ‘Guy came along and did all of the presentations. But it’s really good the Pompey manager spends that sort of time with a club like ours. We really appreciated it.

‘Their chairman has also invited our chairman for a chat to see if we can forge some more links between the clubs.

‘That can only be good for us both going forward and helps build the community ethos around the region.’

Pike smiled: ‘It also means if I’ve got a player who can’t get in my side, I can always loan him to Pompey to get him a few games!’

The awards night saw Nathan Ashmore scoop two prizes, while Sammy Igoe and Luke King were also honoured.

But the attempt to help out Tony Pulis and his Stoke side was less successful after the team coach got lost trying to find Gosport.

Pike said: ‘Stoke asked to use Privett Park and they were due to come.

‘We were more than happy to help.

‘Tony Pulis and a couple of his staff arrived but the team coach got lost and some of the other players went to the wrong place.

‘It all went wrong unfortunately.

‘I’ve known Tony since he was at Bournemouth. He wasn’t that happy.

‘The last thing I heard him say was he was going to get the players doing some hard running around the golf course at the hotel they were staying at.’

Pike, meanwhile, is hopeful his recruitment will gather more pace this week.

He said: ‘We’ve got a few things on the go but nothing signed as yet.’