It was a great game for the neutrals, but a massive disappointment for Gosport fans who had watched their team produce a decent attacking performance, only to suffer the heartbreak of a last minute goal and lose one nil.
The afternoon was full of sunshine and hopeful anticipation ahead of the game against promotion chasing Harrow Borough, and Gosport were able to field an exciting team containing new deadline day signings Freddie Read, Matt Casey and Ibra Sekajja, with Ben Harding also making his returning home debut.
With Gosport in desperate need of points in their battle against relegation, the game started at a high tempo with Gosport dominating the opening period.
The home sides attacking front three of Penners, Tony Lee and Ibra, were causing Harrow all sorts of problems but just couldn't find the killer strike that the BORO' deserved.
Hafed Al-Droubi in the Harrow Borough goal was in good form, and made some great saves to deny Gosport and frustrate the home crowd.
Harrow did come close themselves only to be denied by a crucial goal line clearance from Boro's Sam Roberts, which kept the game even going into the break.
Half time 0 - 0
Kicking towards The BORO' Club end in the second half, Gosport continued to push for the break through in the hope that the missed opportunities in the first period wouldn't come back to haunt them!
Again things just didn't go in Gosport's favour and that little slice of luck that you need when fighting for your football lives in the middle of a relegation battle, was nowhere to be seen.
Casey, Lee & Pennery were all booked for different offences in the second half as Gosport fought for every ball in an understandably competitive game.
Player / manager Craig McAllister brought on George Barker & Matt Tubbs in an attempt to grab the winner but just as it looked like a vital point was going to be BORO's only reward, heartbreak in the 91st minute when Harrow's Frank Keira, who had only been on the pitch for four minutes, found himself in the right place at the right time to score the winner and break Gosport's hearts.
Full time 0 -1
Gosport can take some positives from the game with Ibra looking to be a great signing, Ben Harding's cultured skill & poise working well with captain Charlie Davis in midfield and the defence looking solid....but we are still lacking the goals that will see us turn good performances into much needed points.
Walton Casuals are the immediate target sitting one place above the BORO' on 42 points compared to Gosport's 40 points from the same 37 games.
Next up is a difficult away game to high flying Salisbury next Saturday which wont be easy, but the BORO have gone away and beaten big teams already this season - so everything to play for.
Gosport team: O'Flaherty, Medway, Lea, Roberts, Casey, Harding, Davis, Read, Lee, Pennery, Sekajja.
Subs: Tubbs, Lanahan, Hoare, Hartmann, Barker
Picture by Tom Phillips
Updated 13:26 - 1 Apr 2019 by GBFC Site Manager
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