Boro pay the price for "sloppy goals"
By Brian Seeney
Losses rise to six in a row
Gosport Borough suffered their third league defeat and sixth loss in a row when "sloppy goals" cost them dear at Privett Park yesterday where they were beaten 3-2 by Beaconsfield Town writes Brian Seeney.
"Sloppy goals sums us up," confessed player/manager Craig McAllister after Boro twice fell behind and twice battled back, only to lose to an 82nd minute goal in their Evo-Stik Premier Division South home clash.
An error by keeper Pat O'Flaherty gifted Town their opener, headed in by striker Alexander Cathline after 13 minutes.
But O'Flaherty more than made up for his mistake with a series of saves to keep his side in the game until late on.
Wing Pat Suraci put Boro back on track in the 22nd minute with a fine individual strike and it stayed at 1-1 for the break.
O'Flaherty saved well from Nathan Webb in the first minute of the second half but he couldn't deny Town's Anthony Mendy three minutes later.
Back came Boro with skipper Tony Lee leading by example when he put his head in to meet a Suraci cross where others might fear to and it was 2-2 on 74 minutes.
But Town replacement Charlie Losasso had the last word for 3-2 to the visitors with the Boro defence lacking.
"The first and last goals were sloppy and were individual errors (from us)," admitted McAllister.
"We started really well. We talked about giving away sloppy goals (pre-match) and we did just that for the first one.
"Then we created one or two chances with some really good play and got a goal back.
"Pat (Suraci) scored a good goal. Tony (Lee) will get his head taken off to score a goal and he was very brave to get in there. We need more like that.
"The players are disappointed and that's good and that's how they should feel.
"We were powder-puff at times in the second half and we didn't start that well when everyone agreed we should get on the front foot again as soon as the half started.
"When they took the lead again the lads showed desire to get another goal back but it was too easy for them (Beaconsfield) when they got their third goal because there was plenty of desire for their player (who scored). But there was no desire (from us) to defend and you can't coach that.
"Individual errors are things that happen but at the moment it is all happening to us.
"At times I saw an improvement, definitely. But we've got to cut out conceding sloppy goals.
"We are not far off being a good side but we've got to turn this around and keep going.
"We don't get easy goals. We've got to fight and we saw a lot of that today but sloppiness let us down.
"We must start winning matches because that's what people are paying their money to see."
Picture shows Tony Lee heading his equaliser. Photo by Tom Phillips.