Pike blasts league for fixture frenzy

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike
Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike
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Alex Pike believes his Gosport Borough side are paying the price for their run to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy.

And the Gosport Borough boss thinks Skrill South officials have to step in to extend the season, with so many games falling victim to the weather in recent weeks.

That idea was thrown out by the powers that be.

But Pike is adamant the league have contributed to the fixture mess and should show greater leadership to help their members.

‘We have been on to the league and they have said they won’t be extending the season,’ said Pike, whose outfit travel to Chelmsford tomorrow.

‘They have said they won’t make any exceptions for a single club.

‘We are already in a situation where we have to play two games per week for the rest of the season.

‘Now, having got to the FA Trophy semi-finals, we are losing two more Saturday league games.

‘That means we will be playing three games a week – Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday – some weeks.

‘We are being punished for our success. It is ridiculous.

‘You can imagine the uproar if Premier League players were asked to do that.

‘We are not even full-time and players have jobs and families to cope with.

‘Our players worked eight-hour days before making the five-hour journey to North Ferriby.

‘We have a duty of care to our players and that is something the league seems to be ignoring.

‘It will be interesting to see where they stand legally and if they were challenged in English law.’

The Skrill South’s decision to start the 2013-14 season a week late looks to have backfired on them.

It is also difficult to understand why there were so few midweek games during the first two months of the campaign when the weather was considerably better.

Borough did manage to stage their midweek league game against Sutton United, which ended in a 2-2 draw and helped maintain the momentum from their impressive recent run of results.

While the club are still in the relegation zone, Borough have several games in hand on all of their rivals in the battle to beat the drop.

And their hopes were further boosted after the loan arrival of Hawks midfielder Steve Ramsey, who made his debut in midweek. Pike added: ‘You don’t judge a player on one game.

‘But we know what we are getting with Ramsey.

‘He was strong, powerful and showed a good technical ability.

‘The lad is a welcome addition and I have to thank Lee Bradbury for letting us have him.’

After this weekend, Borough face a pivotal week as they host fellow strugglers Whitehawk on Tuesday night before turning their attention to next Saturday’s FA Trophy first leg encounter with the Hawks at Westleigh Park.