Pike delighted as ruthless Gosport thump Cambridge to continue charge

Gosport talent Rory Williams
Gosport talent Rory Williams
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RUTHLESS Gosport Borough recorded an emphatic 4-0 demolition of Cambridge City.

The classy display extended their unbeaten Southern League premier division run to 22 matches.

Manager Alex Pike was impressed with the ruthless nature of their finishing.

Rory Williams took his goal tally to eight in six games as he fired a brace.

Tom Dunford and Adam Wilde were also on the mark in the victory.

Pike also pointed to the steel shown as Cambridge were blocked out.

The Gosport boss said: ‘Cambridge put us under a lot of pressure for spells but we showed a lot of steel to keep them out.

‘Our back four and goalkeeper were immense and allowed us to soak up the pressure.

‘Once again we showed, as a team, we are prepared to put in the hard yards away from home.

‘When we had our chances we were ruthless and killed them off.’

Williams put Borough ahead in the 19th minute, firing into the bottom corner after the home side failed to deal with a ball into the area.

Almost immediately Borough keeper Nathan Ashmore denied City an equaliser with a good save.

On 35 minutes, Borough again punished City for failing to clear their lines with Dunford guiding the ball past the home keeper.

The visitors came under intense pressure at the start of the second half and Ashmore produced two more important saves.

Williams stopped the City revival in its tracks with his second goal in the 67th minute.

And substitute Wilde sealed the win six minutes from time.

Pike was impressed with the way his side scrapped.

He said: ‘We have shown against the top sides we can come away from home and win ugly if we have to.

‘I asked for us to turn all our draws into wins and we have done that.

‘Whether we can make up for our poor start to the season remains to be seen.

‘We have to make sure we keep applying ourselves.

‘If we start to believe our own publicity and stop putting in the hard work that is when we could come unstuck.

‘Luckily, I have got some experienced players in the team and that helps us keep our feet on the ground.’