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Borough keeper Nathan Ashmore. Picture: Dave Haines
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Alex Pike is expecting a positive reaction from his Gosport Borough players following their first Vanarama Conference South defeat of the season.

Borough will be keen to bounce back against Whitehawk at Privett Park tomorrow (3pm).

They suffered a 1-0 home loss to Boreham Wood last Saturday.

With two draws and a defeat on their own patch so far this season, Pike’s men are also desperate to chalk up a first home success.

‘Winning at home has proved elusive so far,’ said Pike.

‘Boreham Wood showed us just how clinical you have to be in this league.

‘We hit the woodwork twice and had another effort cleared off the line before they went up the other end to score.

‘Putting the ball in the net is what this game is all about.

‘I am looking for far more creativity out wide and in midfield to create the chances for our front players.

‘I have got four quality strikers at the club but they need a better service.’

Pike, though, is pleased with the way his team have set about their second year at this level.

Now they want to convert their good performances into winning at home.

‘Being the home team the emphasis is on us to go for the win,’ said Pike.

‘We must look to play on the front foot a lot more and go on the offensive.’

Borough have proved solid at the back, conceding just two goals in the league so far.

Goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore and the back four, along with Danny Smith in a midfield holding role, have proved hard to break down.

Fifth-placed Whitehawk will present Borough with another stiff test.

The Sussex side have already chalked up three wins on their travels this season.

They lost at home against Sutton United in midweek, though.

‘Whitehawk are a bit like us in that they can play football and be physical when it is necessary,’ said Pike.

‘After losing last week, the last thing we want is another defeat.

‘I have been pleased with our performances, it’s just that we have to turn them into wins.

‘This league has been topsy, turvy so far this season.

‘We hammered Weston-super-Mare and since then they haven’t been beaten.

‘That has opened our eyes and convinced us we can get on a good run.’

Borough have Andy Forbes struggling with a groin injury.

He hasn’t been able to train all week and is expected to miss out.