Gosport encouraged by dramatic home draw with Hemel

10/11/12  sport''Gosport Borough in yellow V Hemel Hempstead Town F.C action at Privett Park. Pictured is Gosport's Sam Pearce''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (123670-4)
10/11/12 sport''Gosport Borough in yellow V Hemel Hempstead Town F.C action at Privett Park. Pictured is Gosport's Sam Pearce''Picture: Paul Jacobs (123670-4)
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Gosport Borough fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Southern League premier division leaders Hemel Hempstead at Privett Park.

Central defender Sam Pearce, on loan from the Hawks, smashed home a last-minute free-kick to crown a fine Borough recovery.

Justin Bennett and Adam Wilde were also on the mark as Borough hit back from 3-1 down to earn their deserved point.

Assistant-manager Mick Catlin believes Gosport can take a lot of encouragement from their display.

‘If they are the best in the league, we showed that we are more than capable of matching them,’ said Catlin.

‘At 3-1 in the second half, we were dead and buried and didn’t look like getting anything from the game.

‘But we showed real character to fight back and could even have snatched a win at the end.’

Borough must, though, continue their search for an elusive home league victory.

They are without a win at Privett Park in the premier division and host Banbury tomorrow night.

Catlin admitted the need for three points is desperate.

He said: ‘The lack of a home win in the league is starting to get us down.

‘We have got Banbury at our place tomorrow night and we must look to win that one.

‘It is time for us to show our character because we are convinced we have more than enough quality to get up this league.

‘We need to start putting a run of good results together.

‘It is catch-up time for us and we must all get our heads down and keep working hard.’

Hemel looked set to add to Borough’s Privett Park misery when they took a 22nd-minute lead.

But Gosport stormed back in search of a leveller, with Bennett, Danny Smith and Jamie Brown all having chances they could not take.

Borough fell further behind before, on 67 minutes, winger Wilde got them back into it.

Hemel extended their lead 10 minutes from time.

But Bennett’s reply straight from the restart kept Borough in with a chance.

The home side then completed their remarkable fightback with Pearce’s 30-yard free-kick.