Gosport draw blank in promotion push

Action from Gosport's 0-0 draw with Weymouth at Privett Park     Picture: Paul Jacobs

Action from Gosport's 0-0 draw with Weymouth at Privett Park Picture: Paul Jacobs

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Gosport had to settle for a point in a lively goalless tussle with Weymouth.

The opening 45 minutes were largely forgettable but the match sparked into life after the break, although neither side could find a breakthrough.

Weymouth began brightly on a heavy Privett Park surface which had been waterlogged for much of the week.

The Terras had the first serious chance on 23 minutes when Reed’s free-kick from the right deceived Nathan Ashmore who missed his punch - but the delivery went wide.

In a relatively-quiet first half, the lively Williams caused Weymouth problems but the only time visiting keeper Simon Evans was really tested came when Brett Poate’s 30-yard effort caused him to make a save.

The game burst into life on the hour mark. Rory Williams managed a clear run at goal but shot straight at Evans.

Within 90 seconds, both sides had penalty appeals, with Gosport claiming for a spot-kick after Molyneaux was brough down, while Weymouth felt a Gosport defender handled the ball in the area.

The referee turned both down, however.

Weymouth should have scored when Dan Smith was clean through, only for Ashmore to make a crucial save at the striker’s feet.

One highlight of Gosport’s afternoon was Dan Woodward’s 70-yard run down the right flank. It was effective and exciting but ultimately fruitless as his resultant cross was easily gathered by Evans.

And despite a chaotic finish, neither side could find the back of the net for a late winner.

Southern League premier division

GOSPORT 0

WEYMOUTH 0

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

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