Boro beaten but Marsh has hope

Justin Bennett had a chance to draw Borough level
Justin Bennett had a chance to draw Borough level
Theo Widdrington. Picture: Sarah Standing (170841-4476)

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Gosport Borough director of football Mick Marsh surveyed his side’s 1-0 home defeat to champions AFC Totton and admitted: We were beaten by a better side.

The Privett Park outfit failed to bring the curtain down on their Southern League division one south & west campaign with a win after Jonathan Davies’ 33rd-minute strike proved the only goal of the day.

The normally-reliable Justin Bennett had the goal at his mercy to draw Boro level in the second half, but failed to capitalise as Gosport were condemned to yet another defeat.

The loss summed up a miserable season for the Privett Park club, with 14 league defeats on the road ruining any hope Alex Pike’s men had of making a push for promotion.

However, Marsh remains positive of what the future holds for the club and failed to rub salt into the players’ wounds after their efforts against the divisional champions.

‘Totton came here to make sure they got at least a point and at the same time, make it difficult for us to get anything in reply,’ said Marsh.

‘And if it had been us who needed to draw or win to ensure we won the championship, I feel sure we would have been delighted to have won by a single goal.

‘As a result, I can only congratulate Totton for a job well done.

‘There’s no point being bitter about what could have been for us this season.

‘The key to the problem is to learn from our mistakes and give it our very best shot next time.

‘As a club we are very sound and I generally feel our future here is secure and that promotion will be our priority again next season.’

At first, it looked as if Davies’ goal would open the floodgates at Privett Park, but Gosport’s Dean Arnold, veteran skipper Aaron Cook and keeper Alex Hards did their best to stem the flow.

Had Bennett seized on the opportunity that came his way, then perhaps Gosport could have taken encouragement from a well-earned point against the leaders.