No home comfort for Borough

Gosport manager Alex Pike. Picture: Steve Reid (122516-574)
Gosport manager Alex Pike. Picture: Steve Reid (122516-574)
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Gosport boss Alex Pike insists the reason for his side’s poor form at Privett Park lies close to home: He blames the pitch.

Borough have picked up just one point from a possible nine at home since their return to the Southern League premier division this term.

They host Wiltshire strugglers Chippenham tonight (7.45pm).

But Pike is unhappy with the playing surface and believes it is not conducive to the style of football his side are set up to play.

‘The players have a legitimate grievance,’ said the Borough boss.

‘They like to get the ball down and play but on our pitch that is not easy.

‘The pitch is not flat. The turf laid down in the summer has not knitted together and there are far too many divots.

‘It suits teams that want to get the ball from back to front quickly.

‘We should be the team getting an advantage from playing at home.

‘It is no coincidence our best results have come away from home on better pitches.

‘We are trying to address the situation but in the meantime we will need to adapt to what we have.

‘One point from nine at home is not good enough and we must look to improve on it.’

Borough are still without injured pair Jamie Brown and Chris Holland.

But they are set to hand a home debut to new striker Steffan Gaisie.

Gaisie did well in his first game at Arlesey – helping his new side to a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

‘He showed good movement and the ability to get beyond defenders,’ said Pike.

‘We need to put together a few wins and get on a bit of a run.

‘The players should have confidence in their ability because they are a talented bunch.

‘I’m certain that as soon as they get more self-belief they will get better.’

Brady Norton is added to the Borough squad as they prepare to welcome Chippenham to the south coast tonight.

The Wiltshire visitors have won just once so far this season, so Gosport will be keen to get off the mark on home turf.