Travel lagged Gosport mauled by White Tigers
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A weary looking Boro' lost 2-0 at Treyew Road as 430 mile round trip went unrewarded and relegation fears increased.
It was tagged as a relegation six pointer and a game neither side could afford to lose.
Sadly, Gosport Borough were the ones coming away empty handed which increases the pressure on Alex Pike and his players with thirteen games to go. They are now without a win in 14 games and remain just one point above the drop zone but five points adrift of a group of clubs who have now moved well clear of danger.
Behind them are only Whitehawk, Bishops Stortford and basement dwellers Margate - all of whom Gosport must still face.
Boro' looked heavy legged from the off as they started this vital National South fixture less than two hours after completing a five hour, 215 mile journey down to Cornwall.
It was the first half performance in which they looked tired and lethargic that effectively cost them the game. Two goal Tyler Harvey decided the contest with a 13th minute penalty and a superb individual goal with eight minutes until half time.
Gosport made two changes to the team that had lost at Eastbourne last weekend. Alex Pike introduced another goalkeeper in the on-loan Jonathan Miles who signed a months loan deal with two of Boro's regular keepers Nick Jordan and Mark Childs injured and a third, Dan Thomas facing a three match ban after his weekend dismissal in East Sussex.
Miles signed the relevant paperwork moments before boarding his new club's coach to Cornwall and had just five hours to try and get to know them. He had little chance with Harvey's penalty, awarded for a push on Niall Thompson after just seven minutes.
Josh Carmichael was shown a yellow card for a shove on Harvey in the game's only real flash point on a windy, blustery Cornish night as the wind whipped in off the Atlantic Ocean. Capping a man-of-the-match winning performance, Harvey then effectively won the game with eight minutes until half time with a classy solo goal, a chipped finish that left Miles helpless.
Alex Pike made two changes at the break, bringing on Duran Martin and Ollie Bailey for Wright and Lea. The changes briefly galvanised the tired looking visitors whose first half performance had been below par.
Martin nipped in behind the Truro defence with just 30 seconds gone of the second half and fired a shot across the face of goal and wide as former Boro' keeper Martin Rice was tested for the first time.
But there were precious few further chances for Gosport as Truro resumed their control on the game. The White Tigers won a series of corners which Gosport defended well.
Gosport were relieved to see Harvey limp off injured with 18 minutes remaining but his replacement Andy Neal proved to be equally dangerous and caused them one or two anxious moments.
Jack Masterton replaced the tiring Harding for Boro' late on but the visitors inability to convert some decent possession into good service and promising chances cost them any chance of turning this game around as the minutes ticked past.
The final whistle was greeted with celebrations from all to do with Truro City whilst the result simply piles on the misery for Boro'. They are now without a win in 14 league matches while Truro broke their own miserable record with a win, moving them away from the danger zone.
For Boro' there was only a miserable and tiring five hour return journey to Hampshire, made worse by the fact they would do it empty handed. They now aim to end that bleak run of form against Hemel Hempstead at the weekend. They need to, otherwise the relegation alarm bells will ring that little bit louder.