Pike: We have nothing to fear

Jamie Brown. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133145-07)
Jamie Brown. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133145-07)
Steve Ramsey scored for AFC Portchester in their defeat at Amesbury Town. Picture: Keith Woodland

Bognor remain bottom after defeat

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Gosport Borough remain positive ahead of their tricky FA Trophy replay at Skrill Premier Nuneaton Town tonight (7.45pm).

The two sides fought out a 0-0 draw at Privett Park on Saturday.

And Alex Pike believes his team can take a lot of heart from that result as they fight for the right to visit Southern League Hungerford Town in the next round.

‘We know it was probably our best chance at home but people shouldn’t write us off,’ said the Borough boss.

‘Nuneaton are a league higher than us and now have the home advantage. They are obviously favourites but all the pressure is on them.

‘We have shown we are capable of keeping them out with a fourth consecutive clean sheet at the weekend.

‘It was also encouraging we created the better chances and if we had taken them we would have gone through.

‘Both teams have now had a good look at each other and we have nothing to fear.

‘We can go there, relax, play our game and set out to make life difficult for them.

‘All of us have been in the game long enough to know just how unpredictable it is.’

The prize for the winners is a trip to Hungerford and the opportunity of progressing into the quarter-finals.

Borough are boosted by the return of experienced midfielder Jamie Brown, who missed the first game due to a one-match ban.

Defender Ian Richardson is still ruled out because he is cup-tied.

But with the amount of experience Borough have in their ranks, they should not be fazed by the situation.

They are unlikely to get so many chances on the road, though.

And Pike accepts it will be vital to capitalise on those that do come along.

‘In the last 20 minutes at home we had at least three glorious, clear-cut, one-on-one chances to win it,’ said the manager.

‘Hopefully we can learn from that.

‘When their goalkeeper made a superb save from Rory Williams we started to realise it wasn’t going to be our day.

‘They had the rub of the green, so maybe it will be our turn this time.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Molyneaux, Poate, Pearce, Forbes, Dunford, Woodward, Smith, Gosney, Brown, Sills, Bennett, Barfoot, Wooden, Williams, Igoe, Wilde