Pike wants firepower unleashed against Maidenhead

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Alex Pike wants Gosport Borough to unleash their fire power against Maidenhead United at Privett Park tonight (7.45pm).

Borough’s only goal in their opening two games in Vanarama Conference South came from a Justin Bennett penalty, but Pike believes there are plenty of goals in his team.

He was disappointed that his side drew a blank in a 0-0 home draw against Wealdstone at the weekend, though.

‘We didn’t create enough chances and weren’t brave enough in committing players forward,’ said Pike.

‘I will have to look at that and see how we can address it.

‘The difference this season is that I have plenty of attacking options.

‘Last season we were in the top seven for goals conceded but in the bottom seven for goals scored.

‘Defensively we have looked just as good with two clean sheets now we just need to start scoring.’

Pike has been impressed with the form of newcomer Matt Paterson.

The 23-year-old, who had a spell at the Hawks last season, has shown great enthusiasm and an infectious work-rate.

Pike rates him as one of the most talented players in the league and believes he should be playing at a much higher level.

‘Matt has Premiership experience with Southampton and could easily be playing in the Football League,’ said Pike.

‘We intend to make the use of his talents and help provide him with the stepping stone to greater things.’

Pike also has the likes of Bennett, newly-arrived Lee Wort, Stuart Green and Robbie Matthews, who are all capable of scoring goals.

In addition, Steve Ramsey has always had goals in his locker from midfield.

With Paco Saez on the wing, Pike has plenty of attacking flair at his command.

And the manager has been pleased with the way players brought in during the summer have settled down.

Pike said: ‘We have made a far better start than last season and there is a terrific spirit in the squad.’

‘I always say that there is no point in looking at the league table until after six games have gone and when things have settled down a bit.’

Pike has also bolstered his squad by re-signing Andy Forbes as a utility player.

Forbes retired at the end of last season but the 33-year-old has had second thoughts.

With Ben Gerring likely to be out for up to six weeks with cruciate ligament problems and Mike 
Carter suffering an ankle injury, the signing of the versatile Forbes is very timely.

‘The good thing about Andy is you can play him at full-back, central defender or up top,’ added Pike.

Borough’s opponents Maidenhead have started the season in fine style and have won both their opening games.

So Pike knows his team are in for a tough examination and will need to find their goal touch.

‘Maidenhead have obviously improved a lot from last season and will be coming to us in a confident mood,’ said Pike.

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Molyneux, Willaims, Ramsey, Poate, Pearce, Dunford, Smith, Paterson, Bennett, Wooden, Saez, Wort, Gosney, Wilde, Matthews