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Gosport Borough
Kettering Town
Tue 17 Apr 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Full time Attendance 241

Borough edge closer to drop after heavy defeat

Gosport edged closer to the Premier Division trapdoor with a heavy 7-0 defeat against Kettering Town at Privett Park.

A demoralised Boro' were outplayed by the play-off chasing visitors.

With three games left Gosport remain two points behind relegation rivals Dunstable Town. However, Borough have played one game more and have an inferior goal difference.

There was a surprise return for Craig McAlister in Gosport’s starting line-up. The striker had walked out of the club to join Blackfield & Langley six weeks ago but is back at Privett Park.

Borough started positively and Toyosi Olusanya almost headed home at the far post.

Kettering dampened the home spirits, though by taking a 12th-minute lead. Ben Milnes’ shot was blocked inside the area before Matthew Stephens struck home the rebound.

The hosts had a let off when Harry Medway fouled Rhys Hoeness and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. However, on the advice his assistant, the official changed his decision to a free-kick on the edge of the area.

The visitors extended their lead on 19 minutes when Brett Solkhon hammered the ball into the roof of the net from a corner.

Gosport’s best effort also came from a corner with a goal-bound McAlister header tipped onto the bar by the visiting keeper.

There was no respite for the hosts and in the 25th minute Solkhon coolly converted a penalty following a foul by Nathan Walker.

Borough keeper Patrick O’Flaherty produced four top-drawer saves at the start of the second half. A fourth goal was inevitable, though, with Rene Howe netting on 58 minutes.

Stephens added a fifth goal in the 73rd minute, Howe notched his second of the game before Aaron O’Connor rubbed salt into the wound in the closing minutes of the clash.

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Team selection

Gosport Borough
  • 1. Patrick O'Flaherty
  • 2. Ryan Case
  • 3. Harry Medway
  • 4. James Harper
  • 5. Ed Sanders
  • 6. Nathan Walker
  • 7. Toyosi Olusanya
  • 8. Eddie Wakley
  • 9. Craig McAllister
  • 10. Rowan Vine
  • 11. Ben Wright
  • 12. Rob Flooks
  • 13. Joseph Lea
  • 14. Luca Wrightman
  • 15. Scott Walters
  • 16. Matthew Morris

League round up

Other Premier results

St Ives Town
2
6
0
1
Hereford
St Neots Town
3
0
Basingstoke Town
3
2
Bishop's Stortford
0
0
Dorchester Town

League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Tiverton Town 30 36
17. Walton Casuals 30 36
18. Chesham United 29 36
19. Gosport Borough 30 35
20. Hartley Wintney 29 34
21. Frome Town 30 30
22. Staines Town 31 9

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