Bore draw as Borough are held by Thatcham

Gosport new-boy Liam Sewell
Gosport new-boy Liam Sewell
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Gosport Borough still await their first league win of the season after they were held to a 1-1 draw with Thatcham.

After an opening-day draw against Tiverton, Borough were given a boost by the news that Liam Sewell had joined on a permanent deal from the Hawks.

And he quickly showed what a fine investment he is with a challenging run and cross that set up strike partner Justin Bennett, who saw his effort blocked.

As play broke to the other end, Borough keeper Ryan Pryce was twice tested from distance as his defence gave Kingsfishers’ striker James Clark space.

On 35 minutes, Borough were spared when Scott Rees darted in to meet a Mark James free-kick, only to head wide with the goal at his mercy.

And just before the interval, Thatcham’s Paul Taplam left Lee Molyneaux in his wake before crossing to the near post, where Clark somehow missed the target from six yards.

Early in the second half, Borough finally got their act together and a fine move ended with Sewell firing in a shot that raced over the bar.

Tempers became frayed and Thatcham’s Matt Pedder picked up a yellow card – as did Sewell for a nasty challenge.

Brett Poate was next to fined himself in the referee’s notebook before play settled down, with both side’s labouring to break the deadlock.

Later on, and with everything pointing to an instantly-forgettable draw, Borough’s Nathan Kirby did manage to find the back of the net – only to have his effort ruled out for offside.

As fans streamed for the exit with 10 minutes remaining, Borough gave it one final push and Bennett was inches away from earning his side all three points with a header that spun the wrong side of an upright.