Stimpson: Don’t bet against Pike guiding us to premier division title

Gosport defender Lee Molyneaux climbs high to head clear against Leamington
Gosport defender Lee Molyneaux climbs high to head clear against Leamington
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Gosport Borough vice-president John Stimpson has paid tribute to the rapid progress at the club – on and off the field – as they chase promotion to the Blue Square Bet South.

The Privett Park outfit smashed league-leaders Leamington 3-0 on Saturday to move just nine points off top spot.

Not content with their surge up the table into the play-off picture, manager Alex Pike now has his sights fixed on the title.

And Stimpson would not bet against his manager pulling off the feat.

He said: ‘Nothing would surprise me with our manager.

‘There isn’t much about what he forecasts that doesn’t come off in one form or another.

‘We have a manager who I feel certain can get the club promoted again this season.

‘He hasn’t given up on his plans to get there by winning the championship.

‘I still think it could be via the play-offs but would like to be proved wrong!’

Borough are keen to acknowledge the hard work put in to take the club from the Wessex League doldrums to their current lofty position.

Since stepping down as chairman and handing the reins over to Mark Hook, Stimpson remains a key man at Privett Park.

Former manager Mick Marsh continues to serve as director of football – with Gary Lee and former Hayling United manager Mark Poulton as his scouting staff.

They provide key support for manager Alex Pike.

Stimpson added: ‘He (Alex Pike) would be the first to admit that he couldn’t have taken the club as far as he has done, since taking over from Mick Marsh, without the support of everyone connected with Borough.

‘We have, between us, built the club up on the sound foundations Mick and Gary Lee laid.

‘Between them they pulled the club out of the mire – we were heading down towards relegation at the time – and here we are chasing our third promotion.

‘Much of the work to build a new stand was agreed in my time as chairman and now it’s very much part of where we are going as a club, to provide better facilities for everyone – and it’s paid for.’

If Borough do reach the Blue Square Bet South, they will face a whole new set of challenges.

But Stimpson believes they will meet those head on and continue their fine progress.

He said: ‘I am confident the ambitions of Alex and his squad are matched by the decision makers on the board and that the necessary funds will be found to keep the club progressing.’