Gosport warned: Don’t get stupid against Clevedon

Gosport boss Alex Pike
Gosport boss Alex Pike
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Ryan Pennery in action for Gosport Borough against Stratford. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Pike: Time is running out for Gosport Borough

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Alex Pike has warned his Gosport Borough side to be wary of lowly visitors Clevedon Town at Privett Park.

Borough have been superb at home all season, with just one blip coming against Cinderford.

That has been key in Gosport finding themselves firmly in the play-off hunt in Southern League division one south & west.

But Pike is adamant his side can ill-afford to be over-confident going into tomorrow’s match.

He feels Gosport have been guilty of that in the past and does not want a lack of effort to derail what has been a fine season to date.

‘This is typically the type of game where we have slipped up in the past,’ said the Borough boss.

‘It is essential that we are mentally prepared to take on the challenge of playing a side near the bottom.

‘If we don’t then we can so easily make a mess of it.

‘Clevedon are fighting for their lives and are desperate for points. That makes them dangerous.

‘We are in a great run of form, though, and the players know just what is required of them.

‘Our aim is to try to win every game between now and the end of the season and see where that takes us.

‘Our home form has been excellent, as it has been for the past couple of seasons.

‘We have made Privett Park a difficult place for other teams to come and that gives us extra confidence going into home games.’

Gosport’s only injury problem is the ongoing absence of experienced defender Aaron Cook with a foot injury.

Cook has tried to return a number of times but on each occasion his problem has reoccurred.

Veteran striker Steve Claridge is back after his television commitments kept him out of last week’s 3-1 win at Halesowen Town.

That success kept Gosport in fourth place but Pike insists his team can’t rest on their laurels.

‘All we have managed to do so far is put ourselves in to a good position and now we must make sure we capitalise on it,’ said Pike.

‘We musn’t be content to stay where we are but push on and aim higher.

‘If we can finish second or third then it would give us home advantage in the play-offs and that would be a huge reward.

‘There is plenty left for us to play for.

‘We are getting players back from injury at the right time and that is helping.

‘It means that I have options on the substitutes’ bench to change games if needed.

‘That can be so important at this business end of the season.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Hards, Jones G, Molyneux, Poate, Martin, Woodward, Kirby, Ford, Wooden, Wilde, Bennett, Sewell, Claridge, Boston, Humble, Way, Langworthy.