Long journey to Norfolk yields no reward
A first half brace was enough to sink Alex Pike's men at Kings Lynn but positive second half display inspired hope for the rest of the campaign.
We've all heard the football cliche' "it's a game of two halves" haven't we? Sounds a little obvious but it proved to be appropriate as Gosport Borough's return to the Southern Premier Division ended in a 2-0 defeat at Kings Lynn.
The first half saw Gosport well and truly under the cosh with the home side ahead after just two minutes before quickly adding another. Kings Lynn also had two more potential goals disallowed.
But the second half saw Boro' finally get the measure of their opponents in a far more evenly matched 45 minutes and had a golden opportunity to reduce the arrears, when Aaron Dawson tested Linnets' keeper Street.
That display gave the visiting entourage, who endured a gruelling 17 hour day to make the 404 mile round trip, some hope of the new look Boro' squad achieving a result in their opening home fixture against Slough on Tuesday evening.
The game sprang into life from the word go as Gosport Borough conceded a penalty within two minutes which Kings Lynn’s skipper Michael Clunan placed to the keeper Sam Grey’s left.
Kings Lynn managed to increase their pressure leaving Borough under siege in their defensive third but after ten minutes Gosport became very decisive on the ball and quick on the break which led to several chances created by winger Chin Vine.
But they were fortunate not to find themselves two down as they were caught out by an in swinging cross and Michael Gash’s tap in was disallowed as the striker appeared to handle the ball before putting it away. The referee gave him a yellow card for his troubles.
Kings Lynn starved Gosport of possession for large parts of the first half and were skilful on the ball inside the visitors’ 18 yard box. Cameron Norman the full back put in a low cross from the left hand side which Parker managed to place into the open net and double the lead before the break.
A half time reshuffle saw Alex Pike put James Granger on to replace Chin Vine and the second half saw a marked improvement for the visitors. Boro' looked much better when out of possession and gradually growing into the game with possession.
Despite chances being created, King’s Lynn’s stopper Alex Street was not to be beaten and chalked up a clean sheet for the Linnets. They held firm during the last half an hour of the game and saw the game out well.
Jack Breed came on for Ousman Saidy and Matt Smith replaced the Gosport’s star performer of the afternoon Tyrell Mitford with 30 minutes left on the clock.
Unfortunately for the Hampshire side, Kings Lynn's solid defensive structure proved to too much for Pike’s men and they created very little throughout the 90 minutes despite a second half displaying more unity in midfield.
Ian Culverhouse’s side held firm throughout and were able to stop Gosport from playing but this Boro' side are still growing, learning and gelling. Despite the disappointing result many positives were on display.
In conclusion although Borough would have learnt a lot from the game, King’s Lynn were far the better side and Gosport will have to bounce back and hope for a better result on Tuesday night at home to Slough town.