Pike: Errors proved our undoing against Bromley

Jamie Brown goes up for a header against Bromley. Picture: Sarah Standing (141220-3517)
Jamie Brown goes up for a header against Bromley. Picture: Sarah Standing (141220-3517)
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Alex Pike blamed sloppy errors for his side’s 2-1 loss on the final day of the season and admitted he is slightly disappointed at Gosport’s 12th-place finish in the Skrill South.

A Sam Pearce goal early in the second-half wasn’t enough to take any points from Bromley.

The Privett Park visitors, already assured of their place in the Skrill South play-offs, had led 2-0 at the break.

Borough boss Pike felt Bromley were gifted their win.

He said: ‘In any other department apart from the goal scoring one, we were better than them in the first half.

‘You can’t gift good sides like Bromley goals and we did that.

‘It was two sloppy errors that left us 2-0 down at half-time.

‘And with these individual errors there’s no coming back from that.’

The home side did, however, dominate much of the first half.

But after Ian Richardson’s slip in the opening minutes that allowed Pierre Joseph-Dubois to give Bromley the lead, Gosport were always facing an uphill struggle.

Pike added: ‘We pushed and pushed, and, when you look at the stats, we had 15 crosses in the first half compared to their seven.

‘They had three shots at goal and so did we.’

Gosport defender Pearce took all the plaudits on the final day and at the end of season awards, picking up the players’ player of the season, supporters’ player of the season, sponsors’ player of the season and manager’s player of the season.

Everyone at Privett Park will look back on this season with a smile.

They enjoyed a famous trip to Wembley and finished with a safe mid-table position in the Skrill South.

But Pike admitted he was slightly disappointed with their final position.

“If you talk to the supporters and to everyone else at the club, I’d expect they’re quite happy with it (finishing 12th).

‘But I’m a manager who sets high standards and I’m not happy with that.

‘I generally felt that we’ve underachieved.

‘We could’ve finished a lot better than 12th and it’s a steep learning curve.

‘I was aiming for, if we couldn’t win the league, to be a top five club.’

Pike admitted there is an air of uncertainty surrounding his future as Borough boss.

He revealed there are a number of unnamed clubs who have already approached him to be their manager next season.

Pike added: ‘I don’t even know if I will be manager here next season.

‘The chairman hasn’t re-engaged me.

‘He hasn’t told me what the budget is next year.

‘There are other clubs that have already told me they are interested in me being their manager next year but we’ll see what happens.’