Own goal keeps Gosport’s Cup dream burning

18/08/12''Justin Bennett in action for Gosport Borough against Barwell at Privett Park in the first game of the season.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122773-8)
18/08/12''Justin Bennett in action for Gosport Borough against Barwell at Privett Park in the first game of the season.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122773-8)
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A last-gasp own goal earned Gosport Borough a replay following their 1-1 draw at Bashley in their FA Cup first qualifying round.

The two Southern League premier division sides will meet again tomorrow night at Privett Park (7.45pm).

The visitors made a shocking start – falling behind after just 53 seconds – but recovered to create the best of the first-half chances.

A close-fought second half saw both goalkeepers keep their sides in it.

Borough looked on their way out of the competition but managed to save themselves in the last minute.

Ellis Martin swung in a free-kick and in the ensuing panic Brad Strickland turned the ball over his own goalline.

‘It was a typical hard-fought cup tie,’ said Borough assistant manager Mick Catlin.

‘It wasn’t the greatest of starts from us but we recovered well to create a lot of chances in the first half.

‘We failed to take them and it looked like costing us.’

Borough lost possession straight from the kick off 
and when the ball was crossed in the home striker got between two defenders to head in.

Danny Smith, Justin Bennett and Dan Wooden all missed chances before half-time.

Smith was guilty of the worst miss on the stroke of half-time.

A Sammy Igoe corner was headed back to him inside the area but with the goal at his mercy he placed his header wide.

With Borough continuing their search for an equaliser after the break the game opened up.

Visiting keeper Nathan Ashmore showed he was back to his best with three important saves to keep Bashley at bay.

James Ford, playing his first game of the season, made a big difference in the Borough midfield but the all important equaliser continued to elude them.

‘It looked like we wouldn’t score,’ said Catlin.

‘We were not clinical enough in front of goal.

‘Now we have another chance at our own ground 
and must look to make it count.

‘We have drawn twice already with Bashley this season, so hopefully we can make it third time lucky,’