Igoe’s last-gasp heroics ends Gosport’s home hoodoo

Sammy Igoe grabbed Gosport's injury-time winner over Banbury
Sammy Igoe grabbed Gosport's injury-time winner over Banbury
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Gosport ended their long wait for a home league victory as Sammy Igoe’s injury-time winner saw them edge Banbury 3-2.

Borough had not tasted a Privett Park win in the Southern League premier division this season before last night.

But that was banished in dramatic fashion as, three days after they grabbed two late goals to earn a point with league leaders Hemel Hempstead, they left it late again to down fellow strugglers Banbury.

Gosport were 2-1 down with 12 minutes left, only for Danny Smith to level and Igoe to then grab the winner with seconds remaining.

Alex Pike kept faith with the same team which drew on Saturday and Gosport were the brighter in the opening 15 minutes.

Justin Bennett had several chances, including two one-on-ones which he put the wrong side of the post.

Igoe also had an opportunity with an attempted lob which drifted wide.

But in first-half stoppage-time, Bennett’s persistence was rewarded as he burst clear and clinically slotted the ball past Zylski to give Gosport the lead.

But four minutes after the break, Gosport’s defensive demons returned to haunt them as Tom Lorraine latched on to an incisive pass and beat Ashmore to level the scores.

Following the setback, it got worse for Borough as they quickly found themselves 2-1 down.

Lorraine’s pass into Talabi was taken first time and the ball screamed past Ashmore.

Pike didn’t panic, though, and made a change, bringing on Dan Wooden for Adam Wilde.

With 12 minutes left, Borough were level courtesy of Danny Smith’s header from an Igoe cross.

Gosport are experts in late drama and this game brought more of it.

Just as the referee was checking his watch in the 90th minute, up popped Igoe to steer home a pass from Brown and, finally, end Gosport’s winless home run.

GOSPORT: Ashmore, Woodward, Martin, Ford, Poate, Pearce, Igoe, Smith, Brown, Bennett, Wilde. Subs: Stow, Norton, Gaisie, Wooden, May.