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Gosport Borough
Oxford City
Mon 17 Apr 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Full time Attendance 364

Gosport remain two adrift of safety with two to play

Boro' crashed to a frustrating 1-0 home defeat against Oxford City and remain in the drop zone after relegation rivals Whitehawk and Truro also lost.

If Gosport are relegated a week on Saturday, they may look back on the Bank Holiday Monday defeat at home to Oxford City as the moment their survival battle was lost.

They will certainly feel it was an opportunity lost as a win against Mark Jones' side would have meant Boro' leapfrogged both Whitehawk and Truro City - both of whom slipped to heavy defeats against Concord Rangers and champions-elect Maidenhead United.

Instead, on a hugely frustrating afternoon, Alex Pike's men rarely looked like scoring and were undone by Kaiman Anderson's tenth minute strike - which proved to be the winner.

The consequence is now that Boro' now head to Essex to tackle a tricky final away game of the campaign against Concord Rangers still two points adrift of safety when they might welll have been out of the bottom three.

The climatic and increasingly crucial final game against Whitehawk is still on course to make or break Boro's season.

Tony Lee almost had an early chance for the hosts, although he couldn’t turn his header towards goal after a ball from Aaron Dawson. Oxford then got on top and had already created a couple of chances before taking the lead on 10 minutes when Anderson fired a low shot into the net.

On 18 minutes Lee was denied a chance to equalise by a last-gasp clearance.
Gosport continued to look threatening. Lee almost got behind the Oxford defence but was just unable to bring Josh Carmichael’s clever pass under control.

The Gosport defence had to stay alert with Anderson and Jefferson Louis both looking dangerous in attack for the visitors.

Borough boss Alex Pike brought on Ollie Bailey for the second half to replace Duran Martin. The hosts created a couple of chances but also had to be wary of the visitors who were dangerous on the break.

Bailey had a couple of half chances and captain Joe Oastler went close on 82 minutes with his header dropping just wide as Gosport were defeated.

Highlights

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90:00 Yellow Card
Adam Brice is yellow carded for Gosport Borough
90:00 Yellow Card
Tony Lee is yellow carded for Gosport Borough
74:00 Sub On
Patrick Suraci is substituted on for Gosport Borough
74:00 Sub Off
Tom Bird is substituted off for Gosport Borough
58:00 Sub On
Sam Lanahan is substituted on for Gosport Borough
58:00 Sub Off
Joseph Lea is substituted off for Gosport Borough
46:00 Sub On
Ollie Bailey is substituted on for Gosport Borough
46:00 Sub Off
Duran Martin is substituted off for Gosport Borough
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As it happened

  • Gosport Borough
  • Oxford City
  • 0
  • Ollie Bailey Sub On 46:00'
  • Duran Martin Sub Off 46:00'
  • Sam Lanahan Sub On 58:00'
  • Joseph Lea Sub Off 58:00'
  • Patrick Suraci Sub On 74:00'
  • Tom Bird Sub Off 74:00'
  • Adam Brice Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Tony Lee Yellow Card 90:00'

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Poole Town
3
1
Welling United
Concord Rangers
3
0
Whitehawk
0
1
Ebbsfleet United
St. Albans City
3
0
Weston-super-Mare
0
3
Maidenhead United
Wealdstone
5
0
Bishop's Stortford

League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Welling United 42 43
17. Whitehawk 42 43
18. Concord Rangers 42 42
19. Truro City 42 40
20. Gosport Borough 42 36
21. Bishop's Stortford 42 27
22. Margate 42 25

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