Pike: Gosport not at their best

Matt Paterson. Picture: Dave Haines
Matt Paterson. Picture: Dave Haines
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Alex Pike felt it was not a vintage performance from Gosport Borough despite their 4-1 win at Farnborough in the Vanarama South on Saturday.

The Privett Park outfit are yet to lose on the road this season and are now unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions.

Matt Paterson’s second hat-trick of the season and Justin Bennett’s 11th league goal of the campaign secured the impressive victory.

Gosport started the game slowly and although they managed to go in at the break with a 2-0 lead, Pike wasn’t happy.

He said: ‘When the players came in at half time, they knew they weren’t at their best.’

‘We were gifted two goals in the first half but I demanded more from them after the break.

‘If we play like we did in the first half against Colchester, we’ll be punished.

‘ I can’t allow that to happen.’

Farnborough, who had lost their last five home games in the league before Saturday, rarely threatened Gosport keeper Nathan Ashmore and it was Paterson who opened the scoring 10 minutes before the interval.

Wooden’s cross from the left wing caused confusion in the defence, the goalkeeper and defender collided, and Paterson poked home into an empty net.

Pike said: ‘Paterson had read the situation and saw the goalkeeper coming out with the centre half.

‘He put himself in a position that if the ball did break, he’s able to put it in the back of the net.’

The second goal arrived five minutes later, straight off the training ground from Steve Ramsey’s corner kick.

Wooden flicked the ball on and Paterson applied a simple finish.

The visitors were much improved in the second half and more than deserved the third goal, which came just before the hour mark.

Some slick build-up play found Dunford on the right wing and his cross for Bennett was inch perfect, as the striker edged in front of his marker to head into the top corner.

Paterson added a fourth, his third, five minutes later in what was almost a carbon copy of the second goal, heading in from close range.

Louie Theophanous did get a consolation goal four minutes from time but Pike was happy to see an improvement in the second half and praised his two strikers.

He said: ‘In that second half, I felt we passed the ball better.

‘Bennett’s goal was sheer quality, it shows the type of movement we can kill teams with.

‘Paterson got his second hat-trick in senior football and I’m really pleased for him.

‘A lot has been said about goalscorers in our league but I’m happy with the two I have.

‘Other strikers have been getting lots of plaudits but partnership-wise, I can’t think of a better one.

‘Bennett is top of the goalscoring charts and Paterson isn’t far behind him.’