Pike’s delight as Borough dominate at Fratton

Alex Pike. Picture: Dave Haines
Alex Pike. Picture: Dave Haines
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Alex Pike never felt his Gosport Borough side looked like losing the Hampshire Senior Cup final after their 3-0 win over Sholing.

The Borough boss saw his side turn in a dominant display – particularly in the second half – as they claimed the trophy at Fratton Park.

Pike said: ‘I felt we controlled the game from minute one to minute 90 and I never felt in any danger.

‘They had a couple of moments from set-pieces but they came with one up front and never really chased the game.

‘Even when we got the second goal, they stuck to their game plan and it looked like it was damage limitation.

‘Nathan Ashmore made that one great save but I can’t think of too much else he had to do in the second half.

‘It’s nice to win the Hampshire Senior Cup as I’ve also won the Dorset Senior Cup but it’s a good way to finish the season.’

After Justin Bennett’s early penalty, Adam Wilde cracked home a delightful free-kick on the hour mark and Pike revealed a half-time pep talk had played its part.

He said: ‘I wanted him (Wilde) to play between the lines and cause them problems and I told him at half-time that it had to be better.

‘He kept giving balls away and his set-pieces weren’t great but if you get a free-kick centrally, he has got that quality and it was a brilliant free-kick.

‘If you could bring on a kicker like in Subbuteo, he could play for another 10 years!’

Matt Paterson then got the late third to add to the scoreline.

Pike said: ‘Pato got a deserved goal.

‘He worked his socks off and it gave the scoreline a bit more of a reasonable look from our perspective.’

While there was recent speculation about his own future, the Borough boss has now turned his attentions to next season as he attempts to continue the club’s progress.

‘I have got a few targets in mind,’ said Pike.

‘Of course, I am ambitious as a manager and if the right opportunity came up, then I would look at it.

‘But I will talk to the chairman and take it from there.’