Pike admits draws are not enough in Borough play-off bid

Gosport's Rory Williams, right. Picture: Paul Jacobs (13286-4)
Gosport's Rory Williams, right. Picture: Paul Jacobs (13286-4)
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Draw specialists Gosport Borough were held 0-0 by Weymouth at Privett Park.

Borough have netted a single point from 11 of their 26 Southern League premier division games this season.

Their failure to turn those draws into victories is now threatening to derail their play-off ambitions.

‘I am still mindful we have drawn too many games,’ said manager Alex Pike.

‘If we had converted half of our draws into wins then we would now be top of the league.

‘Failing to win at home is always disappointing and it has to be regarded as another two points dropped.

‘The conditions were not great but it was the same for both teams.

‘The pitch cut up, the ball was bobbling around and there was a strong tail wind out there.

‘I have to be pleased with another clean sheet, though – our fourth in five games.

‘But the best chances of the game fell to us.

‘It is important sometimes in games like these to be able to grind out wins.’

The visitors made a bright start and Borough goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore was relieved to see a 23rd-minute free-kick fly past the post.

Striker Rory Williams – a recent acquisition by Gosport – proved a thorn in the visitors’ side and went close to breaking the deadlock with a first-time effort.

He then had the best chance of the game around the hour mark but shot tamely at the keeper when clean through.

Ashmore made a crucial one-on-one save late on as the two sides cancelled each other out.

‘At times we were a bit toothless,’ said Pike.

‘Although our leading goalscorer Justin Bennett is away, I still feel we have enough firepower in the side to win games.

‘We must aim to win our home games and pick up points on the road to make the play-offs.’

Experienced defender Aaron Cook limped out of the action with a hamstring strain.

But he is expected to make the squad for the clash at Barwell tomorrow night.

Off the field there was good news as Borough appear to have solved their cash flow problems of recent weeks.

‘We have appointed a new vice-chairman and his first concern was paying our players the money they were owed,’ said Pike.

‘In fact, they have now been rewarded for their patience by being paid two weeks in advance.’