Whitehawk will be looking to pile on further misery for Gosport Borough as Alex Pike’s men make the trip to the Enclosed Ground today (Saturday, 3pm).

Off the field issues have been the talking point at Privett Park in recent weeks, with Borough just winning one of the last eight matches – that a 1-0 win away at Bath City.

Pike has told of his frustration after he was unable to beat Thursday’s transfer deadline to bolster his depleted squad – despite his players being paid in full.

Borough were involved in a race against time to boost their National League South play-off hopes, with the club needing to satisfy to the league that monies owed to their players had been cleared before the 5pm cut-off point.

 With seven games to play, Gosport have just 13 senior players contracted to the club, with only 11 fit for action, and Pike believes the National League have a lot to answer for their current predicament.

He said: ‘I got forms in by 5pm – all of our players were paid up to date. I don’t know what the problems could have been. It’s myself, my staff and my players who have borne the brunt of the financial difficulties at Gosport. We are the ones who suffer.’

‘And the league are now making us suffer further by not allowing us to sign players. I have 13 contracted players of which two are injured, so I have to play those 11 in all games now. I am not in a position where I can rest players because we have to fulfil fixtures, and this is the problem I will have until the end of the season.’

‘The reason they knew that was because the three lads who left, Andy Robinson, George Barker and Lee Wort had to serve a resignation, which told the league we owed money. Yesterday we were running round with sponsors and other helpful people who helped put the money in. We are all up to date with all of our players – they have all been paid. We had four registration forms in at the league and other prospects I could bring in and alert them that it was go-ahead time. My hands were tied by the league.’

Meanwhile, the Hawks come into the game on the back of winning two of their last four, with the latest defeat coming at home to Hemel Hempstead on Tuesday night. Nikolay Todorov got the only goal just before half time for the Tudors to leave the Hawks eleven points off the play offs with ten games two go, although Pablo Asensio’s side have as many as three games in hand on teams around the top five.
Supporters will be hoping to see the debut of Ed Dryden, who joined the Hawks on loan from Stoke City earlier this week. Midfielder Dryden created quite an impression when moving from the Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) to the Barclays Premier League in March 2015. 19-year old Dryden was an instant success with Petersfield Town after bursting into the first-team during the 2014/15 season, and was signed by Stoke after impressing during a week’s trial. Youngster Dryden was an instant success with Petersfield Town after bursting into the first-team during the 2014/15 season, and was signed by Stoke after impressing during a week’s trial.

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