Leaders condemn Gosport to another defeat
Gosport slipped to another defeat as Slough turned over The Boro' 5-1 for the second time this season.
Boro' knew it was going to be tough. A midweek away assignment at league leaders Slough on a 4G pitch was always going to be difficult and so it proved, with the experienced Rebels professionally and clinically picking off their opponents.
Again, however, Mick Catlin had much to be proud of. His team played well and defended stoutly with debut making Eddie Wakely producing an accomplished display and Lewis Watch making several superb saves. There was spirit and character.
But those qualities could do little to quell the charge of the home side who, inspired by the tricky Matt Lench and the clinical finishing of Brad Wadkins and former Havant and Basingstoke striker Manny Williams, proved too much for Gosport to cope with.
A brace from Brad Wadkins gave the home side a 2-0 lead, but Iffy "Dave" Onwauchu pulled one back for the visitors giving the 25 or so travelling Boro' fans real hope their team could get a foothold in the game.
But Manny Williams strike ensured the hosts had a two-goal lead at the half-time interval and a control of the game the hosts would not relinquish. Indeed, the score remained at 3-1 until Wadkins completed his hat trick before being substituted and Williams rubbed further salt in the wounds with a fifth late on.
Boro's night didn't get off to the best start. The team coach was delayed in heavy traffic on the M25 and didn't arrive at the impressive Arbour Park stadium until 7pm. Mick Catlin fielded his new signings Matt Sinclair and Eddie Wakely while confirming that Matt Buse had left the Club. Meanwhile, Slough's former Gosport striker Chris Flood did not face his former employers due to a hamstring injury.
With 678 watching on, Gosport made a lively start but before too long were being probed and tested by a clinical home side. Their biggest headache came in the form of the pony tailed figure of Matt Lench whose free role allowed him to pop up all over the place and for the most part, Boro found him too hot to handle.
After several missed opportunities and a couple of close calls, the deadlock was broken on 14 minutes when Wadkins turned tightly in the Gosport area and produced a neat, tidy finish across the body of Lewis Watch and in.
It was 2-0 soon after with Wadkins being cleverly played through by Williams and the in-form striker lifted the ball past Watch and in.
But Gosport immediately hit back with a poor clearance from home keeper Jack Turner falling nicely to Onwachwu who unleashed a superb diagonal effort which sailed past the stranded keeper and into the far corner.
Gosport then had a strong penalty appeal turned down before a cross-cum-shot from Williams from a tight angle deceived Watch and landed in the back of the net to give Slough a comfortable advantage.
Boro' had been forced to substitute Alfiie Lis who became unwell in the first half and introduced Liam Kimber in his place.
The second half saw Boro' dig in and fight but were gradually pushed further adrift as Wadkins completed his hat trick with a neat lob over Watch before Williams completed the night's misery with a similar finish to his first to make it five.
But the pain wasn't over for the travelling party with the homeward journey once again traffic affected and the tired players and supporters wearily arriving back in Gosport at 1.30am.
Gosport can briefly now forget the league as they turn their attention to the FA Trophy on Saturday when they entertain Bristol Manor Farm at Privett Park.