Pike delighted with professional Borough display

Mike Carter. Picture: Dave Haines
Mike Carter. Picture: Dave Haines
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Gosport Borough manager Alex Pike was delighted with the way his side applied themselves to the task in their 4-0 FA Trophy win away to Peacehaven & Telscombe on Saturday.

Goals from Rory Williams, Mike Carter, Tom Dunford and Paco Saez saw the Vanarama Conference South side ease into the first round proper of the competition.

The first three goals came in a spell of 10 first-half minutes, as last year’s finalists Gosport took a firm grip on the contest.

Boss Alex Pike was delighted with Gosport’s overall display.

He said: ‘I’m very pleased with the players after another professional performance.

‘Another win away from home and another clean sheet.

‘It’s remarkable we’ve scored four goals and neither of my strikers, who have 32 goals between them, have got on the scoresheet.

‘That shows we’ve got goals all around the pitch.’

After an even start to the match, the Privett Park side then swept their rivals aside with an impressive goal blitz.

Williams opened the scoring with a free-kick that struck the post on its way into the net.

Carter made it 2-0 when he netted with an acrobatic finish, less than 60 seconds after the opener.

Dunford then added a third, after a flowing move that saw Paterson set the midfielder free in the box before he drilled the ball low into the net.

Saez got the fourth goal with not long left on the clock, after a chipped finish from 12 yards out.

Pike was delighted his team avoided what could have been a potential banana skin to ensure they would be in the hat for today’s draw.

He added: ‘Up and down the country, there’s going to be shocks but we’re not one of them.

‘Any manager will tell you that to score four goals away from home and keep a clean sheet you’d have to be an idiot not to be happy.’

When combined with the FA Cup run this season, that saw Gosport reach the first round proper before losing to Colchester, the manager is hopeful the financial benefits can really help the club.

The run to Wembley last season was a huge boost for the coffers and allows Gosport to continue improving the facilities.

This season, Pike is targeting another run to the final and this time a victory celebration at the end of it.

‘When you win games like this, it’s £4,000 easy money into the coffers,’ said the Gosport boss.

‘Last year’s Trophy run has helped us to improve the facilities and the squad.

‘This season we’ve had an FA Cup run but hopefully this can start a Trophy run too.

‘I don’t see why we can’t go one better this season and win it.’

Pike also points to his side’s away form as a key factor behind Gosport’s successes so far this term, after the team stretched their unbeaten away record to 12 games in all competitions.

The team have picked up the vast majority of their league points on the road.

The away form is something Pike believes his team can be proud of.

‘We have 29 points in the Conference South, and only nine of them have come at home,’ he added.

‘It’s a remarkable statistic and one that we, as a team, are very proud of.’