Borough’s play-off hopes hit by late equaliser

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Gosport Borough’s play-off hopes were hit by a frustrating late leveller as they drew 1-1 at Bishop’s Cleeve last night.

The visitors were leading the Southern League division one south & west clash 1-0 at the break thanks to Dan Wooden’s 13th minute goal.

And they looked to be heading towards another crucial victory in their push for promotion.

But Alex Pike’s side were hit with a sucker-punch two minutes from time as Cleeve’s Iain Sercombe grabbed an equaliser for the hosts.

‘It was an awful game, but we thought we had done enough to win it,’ said Borough assistant manager Mick Catlin.

‘Unfortunately, we gave it away right at the end.

‘We got caught up in some snow on the way up there and were late arriving, which meant we didn’t have much time to prepare.

‘Despite that, we should have had two or three goals in the first half but didn’t take our chances – except one.

‘We would have seen the game out but for one lapse in concentration at the back.

‘The defence were excellent all night, but Lee Molyneaux tried to nick the ball off their forward, who rolled him and curled the ball in.’

He added: ‘The conditions were tricky for both sides and our lads battled away well.

‘It felt like we had lost at the end, but it might end up being a very good point come the end of the season.

‘A lot of teams will go up to Bishop’s Cleeve and get beat.

‘And our play-off rivals Sholing lost at home as well, so there’s plenty of positives to take into the weekend.’

Borough are in Southern League action again on Saturday when they face bottom club Stourport Swifts.