Borough extend run after draw at high-fliers

FOOTBALL GOSPORT BOXING DAY (SPORT) MRW 26/12/2012 ''Match at Privett Park Gosport on Boxing Day afternoon between 'Gosport Borough FC (yellow+blue+blue) v AFC Totton (blue+yellow+yellow)''Gosport number 9 Dan Wooden is about to kiss the ground ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (124166-5509)
FOOTBALL GOSPORT BOXING DAY (SPORT) MRW 26/12/2012 ''Match at Privett Park Gosport on Boxing Day afternoon between 'Gosport Borough FC (yellow+blue+blue) v AFC Totton (blue+yellow+yellow)''Gosport number 9 Dan Wooden is about to kiss the ground ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (124166-5509)
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Gosport extended their unbeaten league run to 19 matches with a 1-1 draw at second-placed Hemel Hempstead.

Dan Wooden put Borough ahead. And although their lead lasted a minute, Alex Pike’s men can be well satisfied with another positive result.

The game started tentatively, with the majority of play taking place in the centre of the pitch.

The first real opening fell to Gosport as Dan Smith fired a 20-yard effort just wide of Ashley Timms’ goal.

Hemel responded immediately with a chance of their own as Alex Campana pounced on a miskick by Nathan Ashmore but fired wide.

Borough continued to look lively and took a 23rd-minute lead. A fine run down the right by Rory Williams led to the striker shooting at goal. Timms saved but Wooden followed up and slotted the ball into an empty net.

Gosport’s lead did not last long, though, as the hosts levelled a minute later when Campana forced his way through the visitors’ backline before sliding a neat ball through to David Hutton who fired past Ashmore.

After the break, Borough created two early chances. Firstly, Aaron Cook forced a fine save from Timms as he controlled a corner kick on the right side of the box, before unleashing a half-volley which was expertly tipped over by the home keeper.

Gosport again tested the hosts two minutes later as Cook raced down the left, before pulling the ball back to Sammy Igoe, whose effort beat Timms, only for Jordan Parkes to clear off the line.

The hosts upped the pressure late on but Gosport held firm to grab a fine point.

Southern League premier division

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD 1 (Hutton)

GOSPORT BOROUGH 1 (Wooden)

Hemel Hempstead: Timms, May, Parkes, Diarra, Anderson, Talbot, Campana, King, Pearce, Charles, Hutton. Subs: Nolan, O’Leary, Parsons, Fagan, Beagles.

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, King, Poate, Cook, Molyneaux, Dunford, Igoe, Smith, Wooden, Williams, Woodward. Subs: Wilson, Wilde, Macklin, Brown, Martin.