Pike wants no repeat of Cup horrow show

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Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike wants the right reaction from his men as they travel to AFC Totton in the FA Trophy tomorrow (3pm).

Borough were shattered in midweek after blowing their chances of glory in the FA Cup.

They fell to a 2-1 home defeat in their replay against Slough Town.

The manner of the loss, against a side from the division below, left Pike furious.

Now he wants a positive response at Southern League premier rivals AFC Totton.

‘Going to AFC Totton and coming away with a result won’t be easy,’ said Pike.

‘We will need to be at our best.

‘Both teams are suffering FA Cup hangovers and it will be down to who copes with it best.’

Pike knows his players cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves, otherwise they can expect the same fate at AFC Totton.

He added: ‘It is frustrating to go out of the FA Cup when we had such a great opportunity.

‘We had a chance to reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history and missed out. It is a bitter pill to swallow.

‘Only a few weeks ago we trounced Slough 4-0 in the Trophy and, after drawing the first game at their place, had a great chance of going through.

‘The defeat, however, puts us under the microscope and what it shows is a poor start to the season.

‘Not only are we out of the FA Cup, we are also in the bottom three of the league.

‘Players need to own up, recognise the situation we are in and stand up to the plate.’

Borough were left kicking themselves after getting into a fantastic position to seal a trip to Mansfield in the next round.

Jamie Brown’s first-half goal gave them the lead but Slough hit back as they capitalised on defensive mistakes from the Privett Park side to take the victory.

‘The players have to get their chins off their chests and respond,’ added Pike.

‘With one door closing on us with the FA Cup, the last thing we want is another one slamming in our face.

‘The FA Trophy is another important competition and source of revenue stream.’