After a ten day break – thanks to Gosport Borough’s early exit from the FA Cup – Alex Pike is keen his side get stuck in at Eversley tonight.
With the lack of recent action, Pike is likely to play a strong, if not full-strength Gosport side for the encounter with Eversley & California of the Combined Counties League.
The first attempt to play the Hampshire Senior Cup tie was called off after Everley’s pitch was deemed waterlogged two weeks ago.
One player likely to feature is Ollie Bailey with the 20-year old out to impress after being selected ahead of Warren Bentley in the team’s last run out.
“I thought young Ollie Bailey up top seized his chance with both hands,” Pike told Kevin Ricketts of The News.
“The way he ran the channels that day and got in behind the Margate defenders was excellent. He constantly gave the defenders plenty to think about.
“From the players’ perspective, he fully deserved his chance after doing everything right.
“He has been professional in his approach, played development games on Wednesday and still turned up training the next night.
“As a substitute he has gone on twice for us and set up goals. The time was right to give him a chance.
“As a manager it is my job to give players the opportunity to play football. What they do with that is down to them and he is making the most of it.
“He offers us something different. I first saw him at Swindon Supermarine and then he went to Petersfield Town. We signed him from them and loaned him back to them last season.”