Pike warns Gosport not to go easy at Privett

Gosport hope to have Aaron Cook back in their defence this weekend
Gosport hope to have Aaron Cook back in their defence this weekend

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Manager Alex Pike has warned his players not to take home comforts for granted as Gosport Borough host mid-table Yate Town.

Borough have lost just once all season at Privett Park in Southern League division one south & west.

But Pike believes it won’t be a stroll in the park against the west country side.

Gosport’s manager was pleased with his team’s 2-0 win at Abingdon United in midweek, courtesy of two goals from leading goalscorer Justin Bennett.

That success moved Borough up into fourth place above Poole Town, with a six-point buffer between them and sixth-placed North Leigh.

‘It was a very professional performance and we weren’t under any threat all night,’ said Pike.

‘Goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore hardly had a save to make and Justin Bennett was back on form.

‘I set a target of seven points from our next three games and, after two of those, we have four points.

‘The three on offer this weekend will probably be the toughest because Yate are the in-form team at the moment.

‘After a poor start to the season, they strengthened and recently they have picked up good results.

‘They have drawn twice with league leaders Bideford and beaten Hungerford and Sholing.

‘We know it won’t be easy.’

Gosport finally hope to have experienced defender Aaron Cook back from his ankle ligament injury, which would give them a huge boost.

In recent games, the make-shift central defence of Brett Poate and Gavin Jones, both full-backs, have done well but Cook and his partner Lee Molyneux, who is suspended, have been missed.

Molyneux and Dan Wooden are also banned but veteran striker Steve Claridge is expected to play some part after returning to the substitutes’ bench in midweek.

Poate limped out of the action against Abingdon on Tuesday but Pike hopes he will respond to treatment.

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Hards, Lewis, Jones, Poate, Cook, Martin, Woodward, Way, Kirby, Humble, Ford, Wilde, Sewell, Langworthy, Bennett, Claridge, Camfield.