Pike: Defeat is no reason to panic

Sam Pearce, right, has been in fine form for Gosport. Picture: Dave Haines
Sam Pearce, right, has been in fine form for Gosport. Picture: Dave Haines
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Alex Pike sees no reason to ring the changes to his Gosport Borough side after their defeat at Whitehawk.

Borough saw their impressive unbeaten away record go up in smoke on Saturday after the unfortunate 1-0 loss at the Sussex-based outfit.

But they have the opportunity to put things right quickly at home to Hayes & Yeading tonight (7.45pm).

The defeat left Borough in fourth place in the table after their first Vanarama Conference South loss in nine games – against the same opposition back in September.

But the Borough boss insists there were no underlying reasons for the reverse and expects a positive reaction from his players.

Pike said: ‘I’m not going to press any panic buttons because of that game.

‘I think the players would have every right to be annoyed if they had only lost one game and I made lots of changes.

‘I’ve got every faith in them and I’m not going to stop trusting these players after one bad result in a game we didn’t deserve to lose.

‘I don’t feel there was any complacency at all.

‘The statistics were in our favour. We had more attempts on goal and had more of the game but sometimes it doesn’t go your way.

‘But I don’t write any game off or just forget about it.

‘You can learn something from every game that you play and you can improve.

‘There were some things that I felt we needed to improve on and some things that were good and we can take into the next game.

‘So I’m looking for that reaction against Hayes & Yeading now.’

Borough will come up against at least one familiar face, with defender Ben Gerring set to line up against his former club after his recent departure.

The towering centre-back only moved to Gosport from Hayes & Yeading in the summer, but has now returned to the club after seeing his first-team chances limited at Privett Park this season.

A knee injury halted the Torquay-based player’s early progress but geography also played its part.

‘We have a lot of local players in our squad and he was outside of that,’ added Pike.

‘He was travelling in from Torquay and it was becoming increasingly frustrating for me when he missed training through work or a traffic accident.

‘It was breaking the fabric of the club and I wasn’t going to treat him any differently to other players.

‘So I thought it was best that we parted company.

‘I like him as person and as a footballer but it didn’t fit into our ethos.

‘But I’m not worried about how he might play against us. I back my judgement.’

And Pike is in no hurry to add cover for the regular central pairing of Brett Poate and Sam Pearce.

Pike said: ‘There are a couple of centre-halves on my radar but at the moment I don’t need them.

‘Sam and Brett have been doing so well that there’s no point at the moment.’

GOSPORT SQUAD: Ashmore, Forbes, Pearce, Poate, Williams, Ramsey, Dunford, Carter, Smith, Wooden, Bennett, Paterson, Wort, Saez, Wilde, Molyneaux.