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Hitchin Town
Gosport Borough
Unknown (78', 9')
Full time
C McAllister (14')
Sat 17 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 457

Gosport suffer narrow defeat

Gosport remain rooted to the foot of the table after a narrow 2-1 defeat at Hitchin Town.

Gosport traveled to Hitchin Town full of hope and expectation with fellow relegation battlers Dunstable facing top of the league Hereford.

The first opening minutes showed great promise with The Boro’s forward line creating great pressure, however the great pressing play soon sunk out with Hitchin’s attack taking control of the game.

On the sixth minute Zak Sharp stopped a shot of the line - a trend with three more saves on the line from Gosport’s defence throughout the contest.

On the ninth minute, The Canaries took the lead through Robbie Burns acting fast on a defensive error, slotting the ball into the visitor's net.

The Boro' refused to allow the early goal get to them, producing some great passing play moving into the final third of the pitch.

Five minutes after the opening goal, Gosport levelled when a beautiful cross from Pat Suraci found the feet of Craig McAllister.

The rest of the half was all The Canarie. Gosport were stuck in their own half, trying to get hold of the ball and taking immense pressure. Supporters who were tuned into Mixar must've thought the feed was stuck on repeat with Gosport constantly booting the ball up pitch to then be returned with Hitchin’s attack! Gosport were thankful to hear the halftime whistle.

The second half began with the home side maintaining pressure. Gosport did find themselves with a rare opportunity - Ryan Pennery through on goal but unable to get the ball out from under his feet.

The Boro’s were putting their bodies on the line (literally), desperately trying to take away a point from this fixture. In fact, a few counter attacks showed some promise of all three points being taken home with the away side.

On the seventy-eighth minute the game came to life. Hitchin scored an extremely lucky goal with Lucas Kirkpatrick’s cross ending in the back of the net.

Gosport’s attack gave it their all, moving at pace and trying to find that chance to level.

In the last seconds of the game that chance did come with Robbie Burns striding past the opposition’s defence, beating the keeper and passing through to Joel Jackson for a open goal but his shot hit the bar braking away fans hearts.

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Key moments

9:00
Goal Goal for Hitchin Town
14:00
Goal Craig McAllister scores for Gosport Borough
78:00
Goal Goal for Hitchin Town

Highlights

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83:00 Sub On
Jordan Brooks is substituted on for Gosport Borough
83:00 Sub Off
Zak Sharp is substituted off for Gosport Borough
78:00 Goal 2 - 1
Goal for Hitchin Town
74:00 Sub On
Joel Jackson is substituted on for Gosport Borough
74:00 Sub Off
Craig McAllister is substituted off for Gosport Borough
End of period 1
14:00 Goal 1 - 1
Craig McAllister scores for Gosport Borough
9:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Hitchin Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hitchin Town
  • Gosport Borough
  • 0
  • Goal 9:00'
  • Craig McAllister Goal 14:00'
  • Joel Jackson Sub On 74:00'
  • Craig McAllister Sub Off 74:00'
  • Goal 78:00'
  • Jordan Brooks Sub On 83:00'
  • Zak Sharp Sub Off 83:00'

Team selection

Gosport Borough
  • 1. Patrick O'Flaherty
  • 2. Zak Sharp
  • 3. Harry Medway
  • 4. Jason Smith
  • 5. Ed Sanders
  • 6. Joshua Warren
  • 7. Stephane Bombelenga
  • 8. Joseph Lea
  • 9. Craig McAllister
  • 10. Ryan Pennery
  • 11. Patrick Suraci
  • 12. Ollie Dennett
  • 13. Joel Jackson
  • 14. Jack Breed
  • 15. Jordan Brooks
  • 16. Eddie Wakley

League round up

Other Premier results

0
4
Hereford
Farnborough
2
1
Frome Town
1
3
Chesham United
Kettering Town
6
0
Bishop's Stortford
King's Lynn Town
1
1
Kings Langley
0
2
Slough Town
Merthyr Town
3
2
St Ives Town
Redditch United
3
0
Basingstoke Town
St Neots Town
1
0
2
0
Dorchester Town
Weymouth
3
0
Royston Town

League table

# 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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