Champions!

4 months ago By Jeremy Fox

The Development Squad are crowned Wyvern Midweek League Champions after a 3-2 win at Salisbury clinched the crown.

Jay Keating's Development Squad confirmed themselves as champions of the inaugural Wyvern Midweek League with a thrilling 3-2 win at nearest rivals Salisbury on Thursday night.

In an entertaining contest, Gosport came from behind to take not only the win but the title, with goals from Ollie Bailey (pictured), Matt Page and Matt Morris who overturned an early Salisbury goal from Nathan Connelly.

The Wiltshire side fought back with a second goal from substitute Sam Mills and had a last gasp goal ruled out at the death but a calm and composed display from Boro's young guns brought its reward.

Gosport only needed a single point from the game to ensure glory and a chance to secure a League and Cup double. The fact they got all three and did it in style was a reward not only to the management and players but also for the small group of Gosport supporters who made the hour long trip to the Ray Mac Stadium and provided vocal support.

With the Championship secure, Boro' now have the chance to add to it when they meet Salisbury once again in Friday night's John Stimpson Memorial Shield Final at Hamble Club (7.45pm).

Jay Keating made two changes to the team that beat Winchester 1-0 48 hours earlier. He brought in Tyler Burns and Pat Suraci for Flynn Begley and the injured Liam Mears. Otherwise it was a settled side that was tasked with completing a successful season.

Salisbury started urgently and were ahead after eight minutes when Connolly was set up by Reece Rusher after a quickly taken free kick and applied the simplest of touches to break the deadlock.

Gosport recovered and equalised seven minutes later with a move masterminded by Pat Suraci whose work down the left was polished off by Ollie Bailey whose final touch carried a shot from Morris past Salisbury keeper Ball. A thumping long range effort from Matt Page then put Boro' in front.

The second half saw Gosport extend their lead with a cool finish from Matt Morris who slipped the ball past the keeper in a one-on-one situation to make it 3-1. However the tension grew when Sam Mills' long range effort screamed past Ellis Grant reducing the arrears.

During six minutes of stoppage time, Salisbury had a potential equaliser wiped out as Mills was penalised for a push in a dramatic finale but Gosport held on to win the game and take the title.

Friday night's re-match in the Shield Final whets the appetite given the two teams performances here and a one-off game in which Gosport could clinch the double or Salisbury avenge this defeat promises to be a good one.

SALISBURY: Ball, Davies, Somerton, Clark (Matthews 46), Leigh, Flint, Rusher (Mills 50), Mundy (Burden 25), Sykes, Connelly & Osman.

GOSPORT: Grant, Achurch, (Llewellyn 80) Williams, Page, Byrne, Burns, Gouge (Begley 75), McCarthy, Morris, Bailey & Suraci (Wallis 90+4). SUBS NOT USED: Mears & Hook.

REFEREE: Robert Linton

Updated 07:47 - 8 May 2017 by Site Manager

Where next?

John Stimpson Memorial Shield Final postponed Friday's night John Stimpson Memorial Shield Final has been cancelled after both semi-finalists were found to have fielded ineligible players.
One step closer for the Development Squad The Development Squad secured a crucial win at Winchester leaving them just a point from the Wyvern Midweek Division Championship.

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Academy Chippenham Town
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First team Stratford Town
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First team Hitchin Town
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