Gosport had nothing to show from a 288 mile round trip to Kettering but confidence remains high going into Tuesday's crucial home game against Kings Langley after a highly creditable display at Latimer Park.
Goals from Aaron O'Connor and Brett Solkhon in either half was enough to maintain the Poppies fine home form and move them into fourth place in the Evo-Stik Southern Table. Whilst it did Boro' few favours, the performance from the visitors on a bitterly cold afternoon in the Midlands did them great credit.
Mick Catlin made changes, giving newly arrived loan striker Conor Davis a start in place of Iffy Onwauchwu who was named as a sub, whilst Alex Sancese was drafted into the squad.
Kettering Town had a strong start to the Southern League game, pressing Gosport very high up the field and forcing the travelling team to set camp inside their defensive third.
Tom Price had a shaky start, unconvincingly coming off his line to deal with aerial balls which only invited more pressure onto Mick Catlin's new look back five.
Aaron O’Connor’s fine finish saw the host’s take an early lead and Borough’s plan to frustrate Kettering took a turn for the worst. The home side just would not allow Catlin's outfit to play football and the away side found themselves starved of possession for the majority of the first half.
Borough started the second half with more of a fighting spirit. James Thompson managed to get in behind and seemed to be brought down in the box however referee Andrew Dallison wasn’t interested.
Gosport benefited from seeing more possession. Alfie Lis had a much brighter second half which set the tone for a much improved performance.
However, after a string of corners for the home side, it was only a matter of time before they doubled the lead. Captain Bret Solkhon (pictured) headed home Toseland's free kick and gave Kettering town a bit of day light. The sucker punch second goal deflated the away side somewhat and the bravery shown in at the start of the second half soon faded away.
The man of the match was awarded to Kettering’s Aaron O’Connor who not only slotted home the opening goal but was constantly trying new and inventive things on the ball to try and penetrate Gosport’s back line. Borough’s star performer of the afternoon was loanee Lee Molyneaux who had yet another valiant defensive performance despite the result.
Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Liam Bateman 3 Ben Toseland 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Gary Mulligan 6 Michael Richens (16 Munashe Sundire,78) 7 Gary Stohrer 8 Aaron O’Connor 12 Matty Stevens (9 Rene Howe,63) 10 Ben Milnes (14 Rhys Hoenes,56) 11 Lindon Meikle Unused Substitutes: 15 Jair Minors 17 Callum Snow Yellow card: Richens,26
Gosport Borough: 1 Tom Price 2 Ben Buckland (Alex Sancese, 75) 3 Harry Medway 4 Eddie Wakley 5 Lee Molyneaux ( Captain) 6 Ed Saunders 7 Frankie Paige (Matt Sinclair,71) 8 Alfie Lis 9 James Thompson (Iffy Onuwachu,81) 10 Conor Davis 11 Jack Breed Unused Substitutes: 16 Scott Walters 17 Lewis Watch Yellow Card: Wakley,79
REFEREE: Andrew Dallison.
Updated 08:03 - 27 Nov 2017 by Site Manager
REPORT: Sam Beel