Postponement is latest blow for Gosport

The rain forced Gosport's clash with Hawks to be postponed. Picture: Sarah Standing
The rain forced Gosport's clash with Hawks to be postponed. Picture: Sarah Standing
Gosport have taken a lift from Craig McAllister's leadership. Picture: Keith Woodland

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The loss of the attractive New Year’s Day local derby against the Hawks to the weather delivered another body-blow to Gosport Borough.

Borough have experienced a miserable Christmas which has seen storms rip the roof off their clubhouse and cause extensive damage.

If that wasn’t bad enough, their game against Basingstoke had to be abandoned early in the second half due to floodlight failure.

And now the awful weather sweeping across the region has caused a further headache.

‘Losing the Havant game is the latest setback because we were expecting a bumper holiday crowd,’ said manager Alex Pike.

‘There was little chance of the game taking place because the conditions were impossible.

‘The pitch was underwater the day before and it hardly stopped raining.

‘With the weather as it is, we might be better off building ourselves a boat rather than try to play football.’

Borough head into the new year in the bottom three and facing a relegation battle to avoid an immediate return to the Southern League.

Until the disappointing 3-0 defeat by the Hawks on Boxing Day, Pike’s squad were showing signs of turning the corner.

They had won three consecutive league games and knocked Skrill Premier side Nuneaton Town out of the FA Trophy.

Five consecutive clean sheets provided evidence Borough had got it right at the back but it is at the other end of the pitch where problems lie.

‘If we are to stay up we have to start scoring goals,’ said Pike.

‘Defensively we are in the top 10 sides in the league but we are at the bottom for goals scored.

‘Even bottom club Dorchester have scored more goals than us.

‘We are creating lots of chances but are just not clinical enough in our finishing.

‘In the league our four strikers have only scored six goals between them.

‘It is a mystery because Justin Bennett, Tim Sills, Rory Williams and Dan Wooden are all capable.’

Borough visit fourth-placed Sutton United on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Christmas draw that was set for yesterday will now be held when Hayes & Yeading visit Privett Park on Tuesday.