New Year starts on a losing note
Brandon Goodship led the way for third placed Weymouth with a brace while further goals from Thomson and Baggie kept Boro' bottom.
Alex Pike didn’t get the homecoming he was hoping for as Gosport Borough suffered a 4-0 Southern League Premier Division defeat at the hands of Weymouth at Privett Park.
Pike, back in charge for his first home game since being re-installed as manager, believes it is not all doom and gloom. His side were no match for the third-placed visitors in the end but the Borough boss felt his players competed well for good periods of the game.
"I am a bit shell-shocked because I don’t like losing games," said Pike.
"The game against a team as powerful as Weymouth probably came a bit too soon for us. I was proud of the first-half performance that we put in. We had a game plan and we stuck to it.
"Unfortunately, we conceded right on the stroke of half-time. We competed well for the first 15 minutes of the second half until we started to tire. After that it was impossible to contain Weymouth, who moved the ball well and showed great rotation up front. We know that we have to get fitter."
Pike gave a debut to new centre-half Nathan Walker, who signed from Hamworthy United during the week. Walker is an experienced figure having featured regularly for Dorchester Town in the National league South. The club's other new arrival, youngster Corey Cherrett who joined from Sholing, also made an appearance as a second-half substitute.
"There is no doom and gloom on my part," continued Pike.
"I believe we have the nucleus of players that I can build a squad around. We know that we have to start scoring goals. That is three games, three defeats and no goals in the three games since I returned. At the moment it is a case of just trying to put small building blocks in place."
Before the game the Gosport manager was wondering what sort of reception he might get from the home crowd but Pike felt encouraged by his experience.
"All the fans that spoke to me were really positive," he said. "Maybe all the dissenters stayed away!"
The first half began in an even fashion with the two sides well matched in the early stages as Weymouth found it tough to break down Gosport.
The visitors were the first to go close in the match when former Gosport player Josh Carmichael’s free-kick from 25 yards hit a post. Dale Mason had a good run down the wing for Gosport and the resulting cross saw Conor Davis head over.
Suraci was having an eventful start to the game as he forced Tom Price into a good save to prevent an own goal. Suraci was also influential at the other end as a move forward saw a cross across the box which Davis could not quite get on the end of.
A good move in the 24th minute saw Goodship play in Josh Wakefield but his shot was well saved by Price.
Price had been doing well to keep out Weymouth, who were growing into the match as the half went on. Gosport were defending well as they made plenty of blocks and Price made good saves to hold out Weymouth, who were having to be patient.
Eventually the pressure on the Gosport goal provided a breakthrough in first-half stoppage time, Goodship gave Weymouth the lead with his fifth goal in three games as he burst into the box before smashing the ball into the net from close range for a half-time lead.
The Terras would not need to wait long before their lead was extended as the second half proved to be considerably more one-sided. In the 56th minute, an interception in the middle of the field from Stephane Zubar helped to start a move that resulted in Goodship scoring again and doubling the Terras’ lead.
Wakefield found space and cut back towards Goodship who took a touch and then firing the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. Baggie performed well after going on for Wakefield in the 64th minute and he proved influential as the Terras again extended the lead in the 67th minute.
Baggie cut the ball back to Thomson who turned and took a shot from the edge of the box that beat Price in the Gosport goal for his eighth of the season. The Terras were dominating as keeper Mark Travers was left relatively untroubled during the second half.
Price in the Gosport goal was being put under considerable pressure as Weymouth threatened to further extend their already considerable lead. In the 85th minute, the Terras added further gloss to the scoreline as Baggie grabbed a fourth goal as he fired in from distance which crashed in off a post.