Pike wants Gosport Borough to go on winning run

Tom Dunford, right, scored for Gosport.  Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography
Tom Dunford, right, scored for Gosport. Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography
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Alex Pike has challenged his Gosport Borough players to keep winning ahead of their new National League South campaign.

Borough showed their quality with a 3-0 success over Southern League hosts Poole to pick up their first victory in pre-season.

With three more friendly games to play, Pike insists it is important to keep a winning mentality.

‘It was not just the win but the manner we went about it that pleased me most,’ said Pike.

‘We controlled the game from the start and if it wasn’t for some rusty finishing we would have won by a lot more.

‘Basically, we stamped our authority on the game and put Poole to the sword.

‘I am pleased with our progression and the way in which we imposed ourselves on a team who narrowly missed out on reaching our league last season.

‘Most managers will tell you pre-season is about forging partnerships and fitness.

‘We have been training and playing together for four to five weeks now and I am looking for more than that.

‘Now it is about going into the season with a winning momentum behind us.’

Jamie White put Borough ahead after seven minutes with a looping header after Ben Harding stood the ball up at the far post.

Before half-time Tom Dunford extended Borough’s lead with a long-range strike.

Ryan Woodford then sealed the win late on when he volleyed in at the far post.

‘It was a pleasing performance,’ said Pike.

‘I knew TJ Cuthbertson was good but his display was eye-catching.

‘He produced an outstanding defensive display and also gave us a great attacking option down the right flank.

‘Ben Harding controlled the midfield and you don’t play the number of games he has in League Two without being a good player.’

Gosport visit Southern League Frome Town tomorrow night before hosting Weymouth at Privett Park on Saturday.

Horndean will then visit Privett Park next Tuesday.

Goals from Rob Evans, Simon Stone, Luke Sweeney and Alex Baldacchino saw AFC Portchester to a 4-0 win at East Preston.

Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford is remaining positive after a 4-0 defeat at Camberley Town.

He said: ‘Sometimes it is not a bad thing to happen in pre-season because it gives you time to work on a few things.’

Fareham Town suffered a 4-0 defeat at Hampshire Premier League side Liss Athletic.