A late Gosport Borough rally failed to be enough as Mick Catlin's team crashed to a 2-1 home defeat against Kings Langley.
Despite Ed Sanders' late penalty, Boro' lost a crucial game they ideally needed some reward from as goals from Steve Ward and Josh Coldicott-Stevens condemned Mick Catlin's team to another defeat.
Gosport showed plenty of fight and determination, however the game was also marred by ugly scenes at the end after an incident in the home penalty area quickly escalated.
Gosport were looking to add to the crucial victory at home to Dunstable ten days earlier but the opening half was a very cagey affair with minimal clear cut chances from either side. But the home side enjoyed more spells in possession than in their 2-0 weekend defeat at Kettering.
A speculative effort from Langley winger Steve Ward in the 19th minute looped over keeper Tom Price's head and caught The Borough well off guard to open the scoring but despite being 1-0 down, this didn't stop the energy and pressure applied by Catlin's team. New signing Calvin Kalenga had a particularly positive opening half, managing to keep composure well when pressured by opponents.
The second half started with much more intent shown from both sides and the game was played at much faster pace than the opening half.
For the first period of the second, Boro' had really taken the game to Kings Langley, pushing them back into their own third for long spells of the game. However Langley's solid defensive structure offered Gosport very little with no space for that defence-splitting pass for the front two to capitalise on. Reading Loanee Conor Davis set a good example in terms of his work rate and always tried to be inventive on the ball.
However Gosport's pressing game meant Kings Langley were able to catch them on the break. After a bizarre incident led to a free kick being delayed, Josh Caldicott scored after blasting his dead ball effort straight at the wall as he was able to fire home the rebound.
More late drama ensued as substitute Jack Waldren's effort hit the woodwork but despite claims from the away side that the ball had crossed the line, referee Shaun Farrer denied Langley a third goal.
As a result of late pressure from Gosport, the referee awarded the home side a penalty for a challenge from behind from Langley stopper Martin Bennett. Ed Sanders, under great pressure, slotted the spot kick past the keeper and initiated what could have been a Grandstand finish.
Despite a brave and gallant effort from The Boro', who threw everything at the away side in their hunt for an equaliser, Kings Langley were able to sit deep and defend their lead till the final whistle.
The unique sight of Boro' keeper Tom Price going up into the visitors penalty area was one that those present at the game won't forget in a hurry but the home side's pressure was to be to no avail.
Ugly scenes followed as a stoppage-time flashpoint involving Gosport's Lee Molyneaux led to a post match fracas occurring. This involved most of the players on both sides and drew in coaching staff. It took time for the dust to settle but once it did, Gosport could only reflect on another lost opportunity to add further precious points to their account ahead of an enforced weekend off.
Boro' return to action at Farnborough next Wednesday (December 6th) in a crucial Hampshire derby (7.45pm).
GOSPORT: Price, Sancese, Medway, Wakely (Brice 71), Molyneaux, Sanders, Kalenga (Sinclair 78), Smith, Thompson, Davis & Breed. SUBS NOT USED: Paige, Lis & Buckland.
KINGS LANGLEY: Bennett, Folarin, Adebiyi, Connolly, Johnson, Godfrey, Ward (Ocran 78), Coldicott-Stevens, King, Weiss & Turner (Waldren 71). SUBS NOT USED: Karagozu, Tring & Hampton.
Updated 19:39 - 29 Nov 2017 by Site Manager
MATCH REPORT: Sam Beel
PICTURE: Ollie Cook