Trophy quest has fired belief

Gosport got the jump on North Ferriby in the FA Trophy. Picture: Simon Renilson/Hull Daily Mail
Gosport got the jump on North Ferriby in the FA Trophy. Picture: Simon Renilson/Hull Daily Mail
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Alex Pike insists Gosport have found a new belief from their FA Trophy heroics that they can use to fire them to Skrill South safety.

Saturday’s superb 2-1 win at North Ferriby secured Borough’s place in the semi-finals of the FA Trophy.

Tonight they return to league action as they host Sutton United at Privett Park (7.45pm).

While they are currently second from bottom and still in the relegation zone, Borough have games in hand on most of their relegation rivals and can close the gap to safety with a victory over fourth-placed United.

And now the Gosport boss is hoping his side can maintain their recent momentum from their historic run to the last four that has put them within two games of Wembley.

Pike said: ‘We’ve taken huge confidence and momentum from the FA Trophy run.

‘We now have an inner belief that we can win football matches, which we didn’t have up until these past few weeks.

‘We all know what confidence can do for individuals – especially at our level.

‘We know that Sutton are going for a play-off position but we will not be a surprise package after beating Weston-super-Mare last weekend and then beating North Ferriby, who are top of Skrill North.

‘Teams will be knowing that we have hit some form so it will be a different challenge now.

‘North Ferriby had some good players and they under-performed on the day.

‘They would probably expect to beat us nine times out of 10.

‘It was just that one time for us.

‘But, as we all know, football can be unpredictable.’

It’s a tricky balancing act for Pike, who is keen to keep the ball rolling but must also be determined to ensure there is no hangover.

He said: ‘It’s difficult to avoid it and teams have found it tough in the past to get up for the next game after a big result.

‘So managers have to box things off at times.

‘I will remind them that while it was a great result at the weekend, we have to play one game at a time and the players know their jobs.

‘Just because it was a great day on Saturday, it doesn’t mean the same thing will happen on Tuesday night.

‘But I won’t accept any excuses like that.’

Pike’s squad will get a boost before the game with the loan signing of Hawks midfielder Steve Ramsey set to go through in time to make his debut.

The move has been on the table for several weeks but Borough’s cup exploits delayed his arrival, while fellow loanee, Jonte Smith, is back in contention after being cup-tied at the weekend.

Pike said: ‘It’s all been agreed with Lee Bradbury (Hawks boss) and the forms should be signed in time for Steve Ramsey.

‘Now I’m just hoping it will be done in time for the game because he is a quality player.

‘There are a few bumps and bruises but I’m sure everyone wants to play and keep this run going.’