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Gosport Borough
Hitchin Town
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Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 255

Canaries fly home with the points

The Mick Catlin era began with a 3-0 defeat against a physical and well organised Hitchin Town.

When Mick Catlin agreed to take on the Gosport Borough job he admitted it would be his "toughest ever challenge".

Today, on his managerial debut, the size of his task was laid bare as Boro' crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Hitchin.

The returning Jamie Brown (pictured) back for his second spell at Gosport, provided his usual robust display and was Boro's star performer on the day.

In a feisty and physical game, nine yellow cards were handed out by referee Damith Bandara. Two second half goals condemned Gosport to another defeat despite courageously trying to overturn an early strike from Brett Donnelly.

Donnelly got the Canaries underway with a fifth minute goal that looked suspiciously offside but the result was sealed with a second from substitute Connor Vincent and a stoppage time strike from Trey Charles.

Optimism was high amongst the Boro' fans as the game kicked off in bright sunshine but the visitors took an early lead as Callum Donnelly chipped a clever pass over a static Gosport defence to his brother Brett, who applied a cool finish. The goal was allowed to stand despite the Hitchin player looking suspiciously offside. Boro' had stopped playing expecting the offside flag to be raised, allowing Donnelly the time to score unimpeded.

Gosport looked for a way back into the game but were often frustrated by a well organised Hitchin defence. Onwachu had the best opportunity for the home side after 23 minutes as he wriggled his way through but was only able to poke a close range finish against the upright.

Sam Woodward then blazed his shot over the bar when clean through. Sanchese was then upended deep in the Hitchin area leading to appeals for a penalty but referee Bandara wasn't interested, instead awarding a goal kick.

At the other end, Hitchin had a second goal disallowed as Bickerstaff was ruled offside in a tighter decision than when they actually scored earlier in the game. Bickerstaff was then denied by a superb save from Cafer after a half volley from the lively midfielder seemed set to dip under the bar and extend Hitchin’s lead.

Hitchin made a half time switch bringing on Smith for Callum Donnelly, who had sustain an injured ankle during the first 45 minutes. That substitution was quickly followed by another with Brett Donnelly being withdrawn and replaced by Vincent.

Vincent quickly made an impact, doubling Hitchin’s lead after seizing on a loose ball and rifling home.

Mick Catlin reacted by making a double change, bringing on Saidy and Mann for Woodward and Watts but Hitchin were in control and Cafer denied them a third with a superb save from McNamara.

However, there was to be a third deep into five minutes of stoppage time as substiute Trey Charles fired high into the roof of Cafer's net to add gloss to the scoreline.

Key moments

5:00
Goal Goal for Hitchin Town
55:00
Goal Goal for Hitchin Town
90:00
Goal Goal for Hitchin Town

Highlights

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90:00 Goal 0 - 3
Goal for Hitchin Town
78:00 Sub On
Max Smith is substituted on for Gosport Borough
78:00 Sub Off
Iffy Onwuachu is substituted off for Gosport Borough
60:00 Sub Off
Sam Woodward is substituted off for Gosport Borough
60:00 Sub On
Ousman Saidy is substituted on for Gosport Borough
60:00 Sub On
Lamin Mannu is substituted on for Gosport Borough
60:00 Sub Off
Kurt Watts is substituted off for Gosport Borough
55:00 Goal 0 - 2
Goal for Hitchin Town
End of period 1
5:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Hitchin Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Gosport Borough
  • Hitchin Town
  • 0
  • Goal 5:00'
  • Goal 55:00'
  • Sam Woodward Sub Off 60:00'
  • Ousman Saidy Sub On 60:00'
  • Lamin Mannu Sub On 60:00'
  • Kurt Watts Sub Off 60:00'
  • Max Smith Sub On 78:00'
  • Iffy Onwuachu Sub Off 78:00'
  • Goal 90:00'

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20. Dorchester Town 14 12
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22. Dunstable Town 14 6
23. St Ives Town 15 5
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