Gosport skipper insists pay delay won’t derail promotion bid

Gosport skipper Brett Poate. Picture: Malcolm Wells (124166-5351)
Gosport skipper Brett Poate. Picture: Malcolm Wells (124166-5351)
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Gosport Borough’s players have vowed to stay and fight as the Privett Park club was hit by further financial problems.

The Southern League premier division outfit were hit by a county court judgement requiring them to pay over £14,000 to a local festival management company earlier this month.

Now their attempts to recoup monies pledged to the club through sponsorship have stalled.

The financial headaches have led to the players not being paid for the past two weeks.

This constitutes a breach of contract and the players are entitled to give 14 days notice to the club should they wish to leave.

However, the squad have reiterated their desire to stay put at Privett Park and maintain the club’s growing bid for promotion.

Skipper Brett Poate said: ‘The players understand the situation.

‘The chairman (Mark Hook) has fully explained it to us and we are 100-per-cent behind the club.

‘We know the financial climate is not easy and having games called off has made it more difficult, with less money coming in.

‘The players are determined not to let it effect us, though, and we showed that with our excellent 3-1 win over Chesham on Saturday.

‘Borough is a family club and everyone is pulling in the same direction.’

Chairman Hook was delighted with the response from the players.

He is now working hard to bring in the sponsorship money to alleviate the problems within the next fortnight.

Hook is adamant there is nothing to be concerned about and Borough will soon be back on track.

‘It is just a cash-flow blip,’ said the chairman.

‘I had a meeting with the players on Thursday and explained the situation to them.

‘They included our two new players, Rory Williams and Pete Macklen, who have just signed.

‘The players understand everything is in place and it’s just a case of getting money that is due to us.

‘There are some players who will need the money – we will make interim arrangements to help them.

‘We are committed to paying the players as soon as possible and we will never renege on that.

‘The players have shown they are 100-per-cent behind the club.

‘We have a tremendous squad here who are determined to get to the play-offs.’

Hook also explained that arrangements were in hand to deal with the county court judgement, too.

‘There has always been a repayment agreement in place between us and the festival company,’ he said.

Borough are in Hampshire Senior Cup action tonight.

They visit Southern League premier division rivals AFC Totton for a quarter-final tie (7.45pm).

Borough gained a narrow 1-0 home win over their south coast rivals in the league on Boxing Day.

However, earlier in the season Totton dumped them out of the FA Trophy 3-2.

Another close-fought encounter is expected as both sides aim to book a semi-final berth.