Ashmore debuts for Fleet as Borough lose ground... Late Hawks agony

Former Gosport Borough goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore

Former Gosport Borough goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore

Mark Hook, left, and Alex Pike.

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Nathan Ashmore said goodbye to his former Gosport team-mates by helping new club, National South leaders Ebbsfleet, secure a crucial 2-0 win at Stonebridge Road this afternoon.

Ashmore had a fairly straightforward game on his debut for the Kent club as he successfully shut out his former colleagues, while a penalty from Harry Kedwell and a second from Jean-Paul Kissock in the first half was enough to send Gosport home empty handed.

Alex Pike handed a Borough debut to keeper George Legge, who has joined the club on loan until April 2 from Readings.

In the same division, the Hawks’ recent improvement ended in a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Hemel Hempstead at Westleigh Park.

The visitors took the lead with a 15th-minute set-piece goal and the Hawks had Shamir Mullings sent off 10 minutes from time.

In a dramatic finish, Josh Hill equalised, only for the away side to snatch the win seven minutes into stoppage-time

Elsewhere, Howard Neighbour scored twice for Petersfield as they secured their third league home win in a row with a battling display against Bedford Town.

In the Ryman League premier division, Bognor were held to a 1-1 draw at VCD.

In the Wessex League premier division, AFC Portchester lost 3-0 at Sholing, Horndean won 2-0 at Whitchurch and Fareham drew 2-2 at home to Brockenhurst.

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