Vine's goal not enough
Rowan Vine scored on his third debut for the club, but ultimately it wasn't enough.
Gosport made the 264-mile round trip to face 19th place Bishop’s Stortford after the previous fixture was called off 30 minutes before kick-off.
Both sides had chances early in the first half. Rowan Vine cut the ball back to Ben Wright on the edge of the box and the new loan signing fired the ball over the bar.
Gosport goalkeeper O’Flaherty was involved a lot during the game, making numerous good saves.
The former Bournemouth keeper denied Mason and Cureton’s attempts on goal in the first 14 minutes.
Gosport had the lead on 23 minutes when the ball was switched out to the right-hand side for Pat Suraci who got to the byline and picked out Rowan Vine on the edge of the box, and the former Portsmouth striker fired a great volley into the bottom right corner.
Ryan Pennery had the ball in the back of the net on 30 minutes but the linesman’s flag was already up and it was ruled out for offside.
Rowan Vine was involved again minutes before half-time as he beat several men on the edge of the box and saw his shot saved by Kitscha.
Gosport went in 1-0 up at the break.
Bishop’s Stortford came out in the second half looking for an equaliser. Jamie Cureton saw his shot well saved by O’Flaherty.
Pompey loanee Jordan Brooks continued his impressive display after extending his loan spell from the League One side till the end of the season.
Four minutes later it was 1-1. A low cross from the left-hand side was turned in by Westcott, which the linesman originally ruled out for offside, but after consulting with his official the referee gave the goal.
The hosts had the lead in the 74th minute. Foxey had too much time and space on the edge of the box and he curled his effort into the bottom left corner, much to the home fans’ delight.
The hosts continued to look for more goals, with Gosport looking to hit Stortford on the counter-attack.
Mark Hughes, the hosts’ captain, had the last chance of the night as he saw his edge of the box strike deflected behind for a corner, which came to nothing.
Next up for Gosport is a home game with Redditch United this Saturday at Privett Park. 3pm kick-off, we hope to see as many of you there as possible.