Pike fires warning to Borough

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132298-13)
Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132298-13)
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Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike has warned his players to take nothing for granted against struggling Dorchester Town at Privett Park this afternoon (3pm).

Borough picked up their first Skrill South point in a battling 1-1 draw at Bath City on Saturday.

But Pike now wants them to follow that up with a first win.

Visitors Dorchester have started with three defeats – the latest a 6-2 home thumping by Whitehawk.

And Pike believes that only makes them more dangerous.

He said: ‘Everyone expects us to win and if the players go into the game thinking that we could come a cropper.

‘We cannot afford to be complacent.

‘Their manager Phil Simkin was my assistant at Hamworthy for three years and I expect his side to come and shut up shop.

‘My players and the fans may need to be patient while we set about breaking them down.

‘People might expect us to give them another spanking but football isn’t always like that.’

Borough showed their battling qualities to come from behind at Bath to force a draw and get their campaign up and running.

The visitors had the best chances of the first half, notably when Dan Wooden headed over.

Not for the first time, though, Borough found themselves punished for a mistake at the back.

Shortly before the break they lost possession in midfield and Dave Pratt raced through to beat Nathan Ashmore.

With two defeats behind them, Borough could easily have dropped their heads but instead they hit back to level within 90 seconds.

Jamie Brown found space in the area to fire home his second goal of the season.

The visitors defence held firm in the second half, despite having centre-back Sam Pearce sent off for a second bookable offence two minutes from time.

‘The pleasing thing, in our first three games, is we have been competitive,’ said Pike.

‘We showed our fighting qualities again in this game, epitomised by Jamie who has been a driving force for us.

‘The players are learning now we just need our strikers to start finding the net.

‘I won’t allow the players to be satisfied thinking we will be a mid-table side. We are much better than that.’

Apart from defender Brett Poate. who remains ruled out with a hamstring problem, Pike has a full strength squad to choose from.

‘It is all about a squad effort and I will be picking horses for courses,’ said Pike.

‘We are three games in and without a win.

‘If we put in another hard-working performance we can hopefully remedy that.’

GOSPORT BOROUGH: Ashmore, King, Martin, Brown, Molyneaux, Pearce, Dunford, Smith, Forbes (Bennett, 88mins), Wooden (Williams, 77mins), Gosney (Hinshelwood, 90mins). Subs not used: Igoe, Barfoot. Att: 513.