Poate: Draw would have been fair for Gosport

Brett Poate
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Brett Poate insists Gosport Borough won’t allow their 1-0 Vanarama National League South defeat at Margate to get them down.

A tight contest was decided by a Freddie Ladapo goal midway through the second half.

If we can take four points from our two games against the Hawks then we can stay up there

Brett Poate

Borough felt the goal arrived in contentious circumstances.

It came after Margate switched play from a throw-in which Borough felt should not have been awarded.

They were convinced the ball had not gone out of play.

Experienced defender Poate felt Borough were unfortunate and deserved to come away with a draw.

‘It was a tight contest with few chances for either team,’ said Poate.

‘There was nothing in it.

‘The difference was they took their one chance and we didn’t.

‘We didn’t deserve to lose but at the same time probably didn’t do enough to win the game.

‘Margate had a new manager and teams always raise their game when that happens.

‘It gives them a shot of adrenaline and they came out like a house on fire at the start of the game.

‘They had the little bit of luck to come away with all three points.’

Margate flew out of the blocks and Nathan Ashmore was called upon to save from Christian Jolley.

Borough gained a foothold in the game and before half-time George Barker and Dan Wooden forced saves from the home goalkeeper.

Ben Harding set up Borough’s best chance of the game in the second half with a lovely pass to send Justin Bennett through.

The usually deadly finisher however blazed his shot over the bar.

That proved to be the turning point because almost immediately Margate grabbed the decisive goal.

A low centre was fired in from the left and Ladapo slid in ahead of Rory Williams to divert the ball into the net.

The defeat means Gosport go into their two local derbies against the Hawks just outside the play-offs on goal difference.

Poate feels Borough are nicely placed to push on over the festive period.

‘We are where we were aiming to be at this stage of the season,’ said Poate.

‘If we can take four points from our two games against the Hawks then we can stay up there.

‘I think there will be about eight teams fighting for the play-off places towards the end of the season and we intend to be one of them.

‘We know the Hawks are struggling but they are always tough local derbies against them.

‘Both teams have players who have played for both clubs and there is always a lot riding on the games.

‘Neither team wants to get beat in these matches and all the players look forward to the games.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Wheeler, Williams, Carter, Poate, Woodford, Robinson, Harding (Lee 78), Barker, Bennett, Wooden.

Att: 540.