Borough suffer more home misery

13/10/12    ''Gosport Borough in yellow V Cambridge City FC action at Privett Park, Gosport. Pictured is Gosport's keeper Nathan Ashmore''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (123362-1)
13/10/12 ''Gosport Borough in yellow V Cambridge City FC action at Privett Park, Gosport. Pictured is Gosport's keeper Nathan Ashmore''Picture: Paul Jacobs (123362-1)
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Alex Pike was left questioning another refereeing decision as Gosport Borough lost late on to Cambridge City.

The 2-1 reverse extended Borough’s winless league run at Privett Park.

In fact, they have managed just one point from six outings at home in the Southern League premier division this season.

Barwell, Redditch, Chippenham, St Albans and now Cambridge have all travelled south and taken maximum points.

On this occasion, it was a late penalty awarded against keeper Nathan Ashmore which proved costly.

Borough had gone behind when Mitch Bryant scored a cracking opener for Cambridge.

But Pike’s gallant outfit responded and levelled through Dan Wooden.

Then came the late drama, which left Pike fuming.

The Gosport manager said: ‘The referee missed the Cambridge player fouling our keeper Nathan Ashmore in the first place and should have awarded a free-kick, but he didn’t and we ended up getting beaten again.

‘That’s very disturbing as it really cost us the match when we had done enough to have earned a point – if not all three – as we were looking the strongest team out there late in the game.

‘Fortunately, we have been able to take our share of points in away matches but our luck has been against us every time we play here at Privett.’

Both sides were guilty of creating very little in terms of chances, particularly in the first half.

But the opening goal on 40 minutes was well worth the wait.

A superb jinking run by Luke Allen took him past several Borough challenges, before he teed up Bryant to thunder the ball past Ashmore from 10 yards.

To their credit, Borough took it firmly on the chin and set about repairing the damage.

Tony Dunsford wasted a glorious chance to equalise by allowing the Cambridge keeper enough time to charge out and block his eventual finish.

Dan Woodward then set up Wooden to fire home at the far post.

Sensing the match could now be turned in Borough’s favour, Pike called on former Hawk Steffan Gaisie from the substitutes’ bench to add some spice to his otherwise-lacklustre strike-force.

But just when it looked that Borough would earn a point to add to the one they took from their local derby match against Bashley at the end of August, Southampton referee Will Bull decided that keeper Ashmore had fouled Cambridge striker Bryant in the area.

The decision seemed harsh as, seconds earlier, Bryant appeared to jostle Ashmore out of possession of the ball, but the official waved aside appeals for a free-kick to go in favour of Borough.

Craig Hammond thumped home the spot-kick for 2-1 to leave Borough hoping for an upturn in home form.

Pike said: ‘Hopefully we can put that right tomorrow when we play Lymington Town in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

‘And on the back of that, I look forward to getting a result in our the FA Cup tie against Slough at the weekend.