Battling Boro' gain maiden point of the season
Matt Buse's second half equaliser earns Gosport a deserved point from a 1-1 draw in a lively contest at Kings Langley.
Gosport caretaker manager Danny Thompson isn't sure who will be in charge of Gosport's home game against Hitchin Town at the weekend.
But he was delighted with how his troops acquitted themselves in a crazy game at Kings Langley and the result ensured that he did his own chances of landing Boro's top job no harm whatsoever.
He was hoping to build on the fine performance produced in the defeat at Stratford at the weekend and he and his team certainly accomplished that aim.
Boro' are expected to name Alex Pike's successor in the next 48 hours and Thompson genuinely doesn't know who it will be.
"Whoever is in charge this weekend has something to build on," he said in an emotional post-match statement.
"It's been a honour to manage my hometown club and couldn't be prouder of everyone involved in taking the club forward in what's been a difficult couple of weeks."
The game at the CRY Community Stadium was incident packed from start to finish with Gosport goalkeeper Matt Cafer being dismissed for pole-axing Weiss in stoppage time, a decision that left both teams with outfield players in goal following an injury to Kings' keeper Charlie Hasler earlier in the second half.
Despite Cafer getting his marching orders he was almost certainly Gosport's man-of-the match on the night making a string of outstanding saves. His form certainly helped Gosport cancel out Gareth Price's opener in the 46th minute, with Matt Buse (pictured scoring the equaliser) popping up with the leveller late on to grab a share of the spoils.
The shot stopper prevented his side falling behind inside the opening three minutes as he produced an outstanding reflex save to turn a thumping point-blank header from Mitchell Weiss onto the bar and over for a corner.
The visitors were put under a tremendous amount of pressure but a combination of resolute defending and luck kept the hosts at bay.
Borough continued to ride their luck when Weiss hit the woodwork for a second time and the rebound was fired straight at Cafer. It was all Kings Langley and the Privett Park outfit had another huge let off when a lob over Cafer hit the inside of the post.
Defender Harry Medway got back and cleared the ball off the goal line. The visitors somehow managed to weather the storm and for the first time in the league this season reached the interval without conceding.
However, all Boro’s hard work from the first half evaporated in the opening 54 seconds after the restart as the visitors were caught cold when Gareth Price put the home side ahead with a clinical finish.
An injury to the home goalkeeper meant he was replaced by outfield player Gary Connelly or the final 25 minutes.
Gosport were showing more attacking intent as the game entered the final 15 minutes and Ed Sanders saw his header tipped over the bar by the stand-in goalkeeper but Boro' drew level from the resulting corner.
The set piece caused chaos in the home area and in the resulting scramble as Buse claimed the final touch before the ball ended up in the net.
Suddenly the momentum was with the visitors and almost immediately Iffy Onwuachu went clear only to send his shot wide of the target.
Boro' were left hanging on when five minutes into stoppage time their goalkeeper Cafer was sent off for bringing down Weiss outside the area. But hang on they did and Thompson and his newly appointed first team coach Dave Taviner, couldn't have been prouder.
Thompson also praised the small band of travelling supporters whose vociferous support did not go unnoticed.
"I want to say a big thank you to those that made the effort to travel up and support the lads.
"We rode our luck at times but ground it out and deserved a point. In the last two games we have shown a big improvement and all their support really does help the players," he concluded.
The point did indeed lift Gosport out of the bottom spot with Dunstable losing heavily at home to Bishops Stortford. That means Boro' leapfrog them on goal difference.