Ashmore emerges as Borough’s unlikely saviour

Nathan Ashmore. Picture: Barry Zee
Nathan Ashmore. Picture: Barry Zee
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman (170972-31)

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Nathan Ashmore was transformed from shot-stopper to goalscorer as Gosport Borough rescued a point at Wimborne Town in the Southern League division one south & west.

With Borough trailing 2-1 in the dying seconds, Ashmore raced up for a corner and forced the ball home to complete a dramatic fightback.

The visitors looked dead and buried when they trailed 2-0 with a few minutes remaining.

But once again they showed their never-say-die qualities.

Ellis Martin smashed in a last-minute, wind-assisted free-kick from 35 yards to set the scene for Ashmore’s late heroics.

And a relieved assistant manager Mick Catlin later praised the fighting qualities of his side.

‘That’s about the third time this season we have scored stoppage-time goals to get something from a game,’ he said.

‘At this stage it is all about adding points to our tally to make sure we end up in the play-off places.

‘It is disappointing we left it so late but we do have the ability to keep going right to the end.

‘When we won the last-ditch corner, Nathan looked over at us and we just told him to go up.

‘He trundled into the middle of their penalty area and bundled the ball in.’

Borough found life difficult in the opening 45 minutes playing up the slope with the sun in their eyes.

The home side exploited the elements well and scored twice.

‘In the second half we huffed and puffed but couldn’t get back into the game,’ said Catlin.

‘When they somehow cleared a ball off their line and Justin Bennett hit the post we started to think it just wasn’t our day.

‘But, once we scored, we could have even gone on and won it in four minutes of stoppage-time.’