Pike praises Borough brilliance

Gosport boss Alex Pike. Picture: Paul Jacobs (100661-4)
Gosport boss Alex Pike. Picture: Paul Jacobs (100661-4)
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Alex Pike was delighted after Gosport’s play-off surge gathered pace with a marvellous 2-1 win at Hungerford Town.

The Southern League division one south & west promotion hopefuls triumphed courtesy of goals from Brett Poate and Dan Wooden.

And the victory has propelled them into third spot – eight points clear of sixth-placed North Leigh.

‘At this stage it is more about results than performance but we got both,’ said boss Pike.

‘You don’t expect to go to a place like Hungerford and dominate from start to finish but that’s what we did.

‘Lots of our players are coming into form at the right time and stepping up to the plate at the business end of the season.

‘Our overall team play was superb but there were lots of great individual performances out there.

‘Though Hungerford hit back at the start of the second half, we went on to control the game.

‘When Hungerford had their two very good chances our goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore produced the saves and he has been a god send.

‘I never felt at anytime that we wouldn’t win.’

Wooden volleyed narrowly wide in the opening skirmishes before a trademark Poate free-kick fired Borough in front.

Hungerford equalised seconds after the break but Pike’s side struck again in the 72nd minute with Wooden capping a fine performance with the winner.

‘This win gives us a big boost going into the Bideford and Sholing games,’ said Pike.

‘I’ve told the players they are on the verge of achieving something special.

‘If we continue to produce performances like this then it will give us great momentum going into the play-offs.’