No Wembley joy but Gosport Borough fans stay in high spirits

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FANS were determined not to let a defeat ruin their day as thousands of people cheered on Gosport Borough in their big day out at Wembley.

Alex Pike’s side may have lost 4-0 to Cambridge United in the FA Trophy final yesterday but Borough’s fans were proud of the side for their memorable run in the competition.

Gosport Borough fans at Wembley''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14847-1572) PPP-140323-180401001

Gosport Borough fans at Wembley''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14847-1572) PPP-140323-180401001

Before the match, some fans thought Gosport could upset the odds against a Cambridge team flying high in the division above them.

In the end, the trophy for non-league clubs may have just been out of Borough’s reach – but thousands of the club’s followers remained in high spirits and stayed to see the players pick up their runners-up medals.

Adam Prickett, 31, from Rowner, said: ‘We got to see Gosport at Wembley and we couldn’t have asked for anything better.

‘The day was brilliant, really fantastic.

‘The players did so well, especially in the first half and we actually dominated but they just couldn’t get the shots in.’

For Maree Dicker and her group of friends, it was not only their first time at Wembley but their first time seeing a live football match.

The 67-year-old from Alverstoke, said the game inspired her to now watch more matches at Gosport’s home of Privett Park.

She said: ‘We were all very excited because it was the first Gosport game we saw and the team did so well.

‘In fact, it was the first football game many of us have seen but we will definitely go along to Privett Park more often.

‘We are all from Gosport and have always lived in Gosport so now we will definitely be going along to more games.

‘We have had the most wonderful day out and the scoreline was unlucky.’

Fan David Stepnitz, from Gosport, said getting to the final was great for the team but also for Gosport as a community.

‘The whole day was fantastic for the club, the players and Gosport,’ said the 51-year-old.

‘I thought the result was a fair one and, unfortunately, the teams were divisions apart.

‘It was a great day out and it was great for Gosport as a whole. It was a good game.

‘The family came along and we enjoyed a good game.’

Even though the result was one many expected, it didn’t crush the Gosport fans’ spirit.

Owen Harris, 31, from Fareham, said: ‘I guess the result was the expected one but I still enjoyed the game and the guys did extremely well. They should be proud. I had a great day.’

Don’t miss the eight-page souvenir pull-out of Gosport’s big day at Wemley, in The News today