Gosport Borough achieved their first win of the season and progressed to the next round of the FA Cup with a slender victory against ten man Bridgwater.
Alex Pike’s men booked their place in Monday’s second qualifying round draw with an 18th minute goal from Chinedu Vine in a morale boosting victory for the Privett Park club.
Luke King made his first start for Gosport after a two year injury nightmare which saw him side-lined with knee problems but after successfully negotiating a midweek reserve game, manager Alex Pike included the Club Captain, as he made four changes from the team that was crushed by Basingstoke on Monday.
After a relatively tranquil opening ten minutes, Gosport began creating chances and Saidy and especially Tyrell Mitford were unlucky not to open the scoring for the home side.
Finally after 18 minutes Boro' did find a way through as Breed cut the ball back inside the six yard box for Vine to finish smartly at the near post.
Suddenly Gosport were alive. Granger’s shot was spilled by keeper Viney but the visiting custodian recovered well to snap up the rebound before the predatory Vine latched onto the loose ball.
Bridgwater’s hopes were hit with an injury to their captain Kurt Robinson who was forced off the pitch to be replaced by White with 26 minutes played.
Bridgwater’s first chance materialised after half an hour with Jenkins’ shot from distance being well-held by Cafer. The Gosport keeper then saved well from Burrows moments later as the visitors enjoyed a good spell.
The second half also began quietly, but Boro' clicked back into gear when Saidy’s dipping cross from the right narrowly evaded Mitford who arrived a fraction too late at the far post. It was to be Mitford’s last contribution as he then limped off to be replaced by debutant Jordan Whiteley.
A 65th minute flashpoint saw Bridgwater’s Llewellyn issued with a straight red card for a hefty challenge on Aaron Dawson which sparked a small melee which was over as quickly as it had begun. The resultant free kick from Granger was charged down by the visitors’ wall. A further flashpoint saw White booked for the Somerset side after a foul on Whiteely.
Bridgwater did their best to find a way back into the tie but Gosport, inspired by King, held on to eliminate the Western League Premier visitors who had given a good account of themselves.
All Boro' fans will now be waiting to hear who's up next for their side in the next round which takes place in a fortnight's time.
GOSPORT: Cafer, Saidy (Hall 78), King, Dawson, Medway, Sanders, Breed (Smith 84), Granger, Mitford (Whitely 58), Przespolewski & Vine. SUBS NOT USED: McCarthy, Lis and Kimber.
BRIDGWATER: Viney,Thorne, Robinson (White 26), Armstrong, White, Lambert, Camper (Connick 78), Jenkins, Burrows (Paine 89) ,Pearse & Llewellyn. SUBS NOT USED: Begg and Duffy.
REFEREE: Craig Simpson
Updated 08:57 - 6 Sep 2017 by Site Manager