Tiverton torture for Boro'
Gosport offered a vastly improved display but the Devon side eased to win with two late goals.
Alex Pike took the positives from his team's 2-0 defeat at Tiverton as Boro' produced their best display of the season, only to lose their way as the Devon side condemned them to another defeat.
Goals from Jamie Price and Tom Bath late on decided matters - despite the first half almost wholly belonging to the travel-weary visitors who were late arriving in Devon following a traffic-induced four and a half hour journey from Privett Park.
"I saw a massive improvement up until the 80th minute," Pike said in his post match press conference.
"We should have come in at half time with some sort of lead. We weren't clinical enough in their area didn't concentrate in our own.
"Suddenly it's 2-0 and the lad's heads have dropped. The Chairman said it from the start, we need to be patient, putting out a team, living within our means but we won't give up and I'm enjoying working with this young side and seeing them improve," he concluded.
Boro' had to travel without Alek Przespolewski who withdrew from the squad at the last minute. However, they did include new signings, goalkeeper Matt Cafer and the returning central defender Ed Sanders who was with the club last season. Ashton Leigh dropped out of the squad with an injury.
Despite the difficult start to their day, Gosport began well, playing good football and created several openings on an excellent looking playing surface.
The visitors had the first real opportunity when a free header fell to Chinedu Vine in the fifth minute but the header from the pacey frontman went wide of Wright’s goal.
On ten minutes, Boro' had another opportunity and this time Wright got down well to save from a good strike from outside the box due to another lively Gosport attacking move.
Levi Landricombe, getting back to his best from injury, tested Matthew Cafer with a low drive that theformer Yeovil Town Youth and Bath City stopper dealt with very efficiently.
Tiverton began to settle after Boro's lively start. Jamie Short found Levi Landricombe one on one with the keeper and again Cafer did exceptionally well to block Tivvy’s number ten from opening his account for the season.
Gosport were not going to lie down and another free header this time for Boro's Ed Sanders failed to trouble Wright when he was well placed to score.
The second half saw Tiverton revitalised and knowing that the first goal would be crucial came out from the dressing room with purpose. However, on 46 minutes a defensive error saw Borough nearly take the lead. The ball found its way from a loose defensive pass to Chinedu Vine but he screwed the shot wide when well placed.
Tiverton didn't heed the warning and it took another fine save low down from Wright five minutes later to deny a good attacking move from Boro’s lively right winger. Tivvy then started to turn the screw and with the midfield battle being won by Mike Landricombe, Jamie Short and Ollie Knowles they started to create chances.
First, a towering header from Jamie Price was chalked off for being offside much to the displeasure of the home crowd. Then it was Jamie Short’s turn to narrowly fail to score when he rounded the keeper but ran out of room as the angle became too acute for him.
Boro' were still looking dangerous though on the break and on 70 minutes it took a fine goal line clearance from substitute Scott Rogers to keep the scores level as Harry Medway's shot on the turn almost brought a goal. Tyrell Mitford then saw his close range effort disallowed for offside, leaving almost the entire visiting contingent fuming.
It was the high water mark for Boro' as their afternoon took a turn for the worse. With Owen Howe joining Scott Rogers on the field Tivvy were looking more and more a threat.
Manager Martin Rogers played further cards, making changes which would eventually bear fruit. Tom Bath came off the bench and shortly afterwards, had set up Jamie Price with a lovely cross to drill the ball past Cafer.
Two minutes later, latching onto the ball after a Declan McCarthy mistake for Gosport, Bath coolly finished to make it game, set and match.
Despite Boro' desperately searching for a way back in the last eight minutes, the score sheet would have no further additions and they were to make another long journey home with no reward.
They would also have to contend with an injury to captain Aaron Dawson who limped off with a knee injury and goalkeeper Cafer was also affected by a cut to his knee - but he completed the 90 minutes.
"It's too early to know whats wrong with Aaron," suggested Pike.
"He can't put any weight through the knee and we don't yet know whether it was an impact injury or a pull. You need to give it 24 hours before you can assess it," he added. It is fairly certain that the experienced midfielder will miss Monday's Hampshire Derby against Basingstoke.
However the display they had produced, suggested further progress had been made continued to give all at the club hope going into the home game against Basingstoke, despite now being rock bottom of the Division and yet to pick up a point