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Gosport Borough
Banbury United
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Tue 17 Oct 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 230

Borough need to have more self-belief

Mick Catlin believes The Boro' need to have more self-belief after suffering a 4-0 loss to Banbury United last night.

The Boro' are still without a league win this season and paid the price of conceding two early goals - yet again.

Although Borough continued to live dangerously, they got themselves into the game more than they have recently and gave the Banbury defence a number of anxious moments.

Boss Catlin took the positives from the game but still recognises big improvements are needed.

He told Kevin Ricketts of The News: "We need a bit more self-belief.

"Once again, we struggled with the physical challenge of a big, strong side. In the first 16 minutes, they sent in three crosses and scored three goals. That set the tone early on and made it difficult for us.

"Their two wide lads caused us problems all night and we were punished for our early mistakes.

"At half-time, when we trailed 3-0, I told the players to go out, keep playing and do the right things. They did that and there were a number of good performances. We created a few chances and gave them a bit more to think about. It doesn’t get any easier, though."

Gosport made a disastrous start and fell behind on three minutes. Banbury striker Jefferson Louis rose to head home a cross under pressure from Gosport goalkeeper Lewis Watch.

The hosts responded immediately, however, with Iffy Onwachwu having and effort cleared off the line. But it soon went from bad to worse for Catlin’s troops and they conceded again in the sixth minute.

Ravi Shamsi created space for a shot, which was deflected past Watch and into the back of the net.

There was no let-up for Borough, who had a number of close calls. Twice the ball was cleared off their line, while Watch was called into action to deny Conor McDonagh.

Matt Buse went closest for Gosport when he forced a full-stretch save from Jack Harding in the Banbury goal.

As the interval approached, the hosts improved and asked a few questions of the visitors’ defence, although the crossbar saved Boro' twice in as many seconds.

The woodwork came to Gosport’s rescue again on 59 minutes when Darren Pond’s volley was deflected against the underside of the crossbar.

Catlin’s men had become far more competitive, though, making life more difficult for the visitors. They looked more stable at the back and Dale Mason was denied by a fine save from Harding.

But as Borough tired, McDonagh got between two defenders to head in the visitors’ fourth goal nine minutes from time.

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Key moments

Goal Goal for Banbury United
Goal Goal for Banbury United
Goal Goal for Banbury United
Goal Goal for Banbury United


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81:00 Goal 0 - 4
Goal for Banbury United
70:00 Sub On
Ethan Millar is substituted on for Gosport Borough
70:00 Sub Off
Liam Kimber is substituted off for Gosport Borough
62:00 Sub On
Kurt Watts is substituted on for Gosport Borough
62:00 Sub Off
Billy Connor is substituted off for Gosport Borough
End of period 1
16:00 Goal 0 - 3
Goal for Banbury United
7:00 Goal 0 - 2
Goal for Banbury United
3:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Banbury United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gosport Borough
  • Banbury United
  • 0
  • Goal 3:00'
  • Goal 7:00'
  • Goal 16:00'
  • Kurt Watts Sub On 62:00'
  • Billy Connor Sub Off 62:00'
  • Ethan Millar Sub On 70:00'
  • Liam Kimber Sub Off 70:00'
  • Goal 81:00'

Team selection

Gosport Borough
  • 1. Lewis Watch
  • 2. Frankie Paige
  • 3. Harry Medway
  • 4. Liam Kimber
  • 5. Luke King
  • 6. Ed Sanders
  • 7. Jack Breed
  • 8. Matt Buse
  • 9. Iffy Onwuachu
  • 10. Billy Connor
  • 11. Dale Mason
  • 12. Max Smith
  • 13. Ethan Millar
  • 14. Connor May
  • 15. Alfie Lis
  • 16. Kurt Watts

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# Team Pl Pts
18. Bishop's Stortford 46 52
19. Dorchester Town 46 51
20. Farnborough 46 51
21. Kings Langley 46 38
22. St Ives Town 46 33
23. Gosport Borough 46 19
24. Dunstable Town 46 17

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