Pike’s starting to turn Borough into believers

Gosport's Dan Wooden, right. Picture: Paul Jacobs (121054-7)
Gosport's Dan Wooden, right. Picture: Paul Jacobs (121054-7)
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Alex Pike called on his men to keep believing in themselves after they extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 3-2 win at St Neots in the Southern League premier division.

Apart from five goals, the game also saw three penalties and eight bookings.

Amid the mayhem, boss Pike insisted Gosport were the better team and suggested the final scoreline flattered the hosts.

‘I’ve felt at times the management are the only ones who think we are a good team,’ he said.

‘Hopefully this win will prove to ourselves the depth we have in the squad because we were missing players.

‘St Neots are third in the league but we took them apart and could have scored a few more.

‘Before the game the task looked a daunting one because we were missing key players to injury and suspension.

‘The players applied themselves superbly, though, to get the win.’

Borough had to do without suspended pair Jamie Brown and Dan Woodward, while injury robbed them of Aaron Cook and Jamie Ford.

But in an explosive start, Thomas Dunford gave them the lead after Dan Wooden’s shot was blocked.

St Neots levelled straight away, though, to make it 1-1 after just three minutes.

Wooden restored Borough’s lead when he spotted the home goalkeeper off his line and netted with a speculative 45-yard lob.

And Adam Wilde extended their advantage with a 34th-minute penalty after Justin Bennett was fouled inside the area.

Nathan Ashmore saved a penalty at the start of the second half to protect the two-goal cushion.

However, he was beaten by a twice-taken spot-kick in the 70th minute.

The win fired Borough up to 18th – two points above the drop zone – with struggling Frome Town due at Privett Park tomorrow night.

‘This league is so tight all it would take is a couple of wins to climb into the top half,’ said Pike.

‘There is no point in us winning this game and then losing at home to Frome.’