Gosport have all bases covered in Cup quest

Borough boss Alex Pike. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123109-3)
Borough boss Alex Pike. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123109-3)
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Alex Pike has backed Gosport to cause an FA Cup upset at Blue Square Bet South hosts Bath City.

The Borough boss takes his side to Mayday Trust Park for the third qualifying round clash tomorrow (3pm).

And he believes his squad has the right blend of youth and experience to pull off a shock victory.

Pike said: ‘As a team we always seem to raise our game against the better sides.

‘We were fortunate to get through against Bashley earlier in the competition but now we are all keen to see just how far we can go.

‘There is plenty of experience in our side, which includes a number of players who have played at this level.

‘They are proud professionals who are determined to show they can still play and have not just come to us to see their careers out.

‘Their experience will help us cope with the occasion and then we have the enthusiasm of our youngsters.

‘Our team has a good blend of experience, youth, pace and physical strength.’

The home side are lying mid-table in Blue Square Bet South after being relegated from the premier division last season.

After winning their opening three games – including a 2-0 win over the Hawks – Bath have lost and drawn their past two home encounters.

They suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of bottom club Truro in midweek.

And Borough are looking to exploit any lack of confidence.

Gosport have been superb on their travels this season and remain unbeaten in six league and cup games.

In midweek they battled to a 3-3 draw at Weymouth in atrocious conditions, but Pike was not happy to see his side conceding goals.

‘We have shown we can score goals and up until Weymouth we had been defending well, too,’ said the boss.

‘The weather didn’t help but we just had a funny second 45 minutes.

‘We were guilty of giving away a poor free-kick and conceded at the set-piece. That is an area we are working hard to improve.

‘But Justin Bennett has regained his form up front and the players behind the front two are also scoring.’

Lee Molyneaux and Aaron Cook are back in the frame for Borough.

But Tom Dunford is cup-tied and Gavin Jones and striker Stefan Gaisie are injury doubts.

GOSPORT: Ashmore, May, Woodward, Stow, Cook, Molyneux, Poate, Martin, Wylde, Norton, King, Ford, Smith, Wooden, Bennett, Igoe, Brown