New Borough striker adds fire power

Sholing's Lee Wort, right, in action against Eastbourne in last season's FA Vase semi-final  Picture: Stuart Martin
Sholing's Lee Wort, right, in action against Eastbourne in last season's FA Vase semi-final Picture: Stuart Martin
Wes Fogden drew a good save from the Hampton & Richmond keeper in a rare attempt on goal. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

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Alex Pike believes he now has the firepower to see big progress from Gosport Borough this season.

The Borough boss completed the signing of highly-rated Lee Wort last weekend to add to an ever-growing list of strikers at his disposal.

Wort scored more than 50 goals for Sholing last term and played a huge role in a season that ended with FA Vase glory.

But with Robbie Matthews and Matt Paterson already drafted in to compete alongside Justin Bennett, Pike can also call upon the likes of Stuart Green, Rory Williams and Dan Wooden to help rectify an area where his team struggled last season.

Pike said: ‘You haven’t got to be a rocket scientist to know that we didn’t score enough goals last season.

‘Last season, we were in the top seven for the number of goals conceded and the bottom two for goals scored so I had to do something about it.

‘I needed to bring strikers in and that’s what I’ve been doing for most of the summer.

‘I’m so lucky to have Matt Paterson, Justin Bennett, Robbie Matthews, now Lee Wort and I’ve also got Stuart Green from Moneyfields.

‘Some of these are tried and tested at this level and some aren’t.

‘But as far as I’m concerned they are all good players and I’m looking forward to working with all of them.’

Wort spent time on trial at Accrington Stanley over the summer and looked set to be offered a deal.

But when it failed to materialise, Pike stepped in to take him to Privett Park. Pike is certain the 22-year-old can make the jump in standard.

‘I’ve been speaking to Lee most days since the end of last season and long before he went on trial to Accrington,’ said Pike.

‘We had an agreement in place that if he didn’t get offered anything at Accrington, he would sign for Gosport.

‘People say it’s a punt because he was playing in the Wessex League.

‘My answer to that is the other people who scored more than 50 goals in that league were Justin Bennett, Jamie White and Andy Forbes, who all went on to have successful careers at a higher level.

‘I don’t think it’s much of a punt.’

Wort will be in the squad for tomorrow’s home clash with newly-promoted Wealdstone as Borough hand a debut to their brand new playing surface.

And Pike insists the £120,000 project is better than any pitch his team played on last season – including a certain one used for England games.

He said: ‘The pitch is looking absolutely magnificent.

‘I’m not being a Big Time Charlie but I was lucky enough to walk out on the pitch at Wembley in March at the FA Trophy final and this pitch is better.

‘That’s not me trying to wind anyone up either. I’m telling the truth.

‘It’s no coincidence that our best results were all away from home on good pitches.

‘The players will enjoy it.’

Borough trained on the pitch for the first time last night but Pike has been handed a blow with the news that new defender Ben Gerring faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury last week.

Pike added: ‘It looks like it could be some ligament damage to the knee.

‘But we’re waiting on scan results.’

He continued: ‘Wealdstone have been promoted so it’s difficult to judge.

‘I will tell the players that one win at Chelmsford last week doesn’t constitute a good start.’

GOSPORT BOROUGH: Ashmore, Molyneaux, Pearce, Poate, Williams, Dunford, Ramsey, Carter, Wooden, Bennett, Paterson, Matthews, Wort, Smith, Saez, Wilde, Gosney