KEEPER Nathan Ashmore played a starring role as Gosport Borough had to settle for a bank holiday 0-0 draw with Bashley.
Were it not for the heroics of the former Hawks keeper, Gosport may have been counting the cost of a third home loss on the bounce.
And there is plenty for the team to learn at Southern League premier division level.
Assistant manager Mick Catlin said: ‘It’s never a pleasant thought to find that our keeper earned the man-of-the-match award.
‘It proves how much pressure Bashley put on our defence.
‘But, thankfully Nathan did very well.
‘I thought both sides looked very tired, so perhaps the result was about right.
‘Having said that, we had enough chances to have got a result, though the important thing was not to get beaten for a third match here on the bounce.
‘Now perhaps we can learn from this and start taking a few more points home and away.’
Ashmore made several great stops, denying Bashley striker James Stokoe what could have been a treble at Privett Park yesterday.
Perhaps a point apiece in a 0-0 draw was about the best each side deserved.
It was a contest far below Southern premier standards and had fans heading for the exits even before Borough’s Danny Smith blazed a glorious chance wildly over late on.
Nathan Kirby had also missed the target for Borough.
He somehow managed to fire high over from under the Bashley crossbar, after Justin Bennett’s shot rolled to him off the far post.
Up to the interval Borough were made to look very much second best.
This was by a Bashley side still smarting from a 6-0 home loss to Hemel Hempstead at the weekend.
Alex Pike delivered his half-time talk and Borough improved in the second half.
Former Pompey and Hawks ace Sammy Igoe began to show his creative class in midfield.
Suddenly, Borough put together a couple of quality moves and Gavin Jones, on as a sub in place of Dan Woodward, went close to a goal after a neat turn of pace got him in on goal.
Then, after Adam Wilde had wasted yet another chance with a sloppy finish, everything pointed to the New Forest side winning.
Fortunately, Ashmore saw things far differently with another great save.
He alone stood strong, somehow keeping out a shot from Bashley substitute Carlos Lompato-Pires, who had powered through on goal.
GOSPORT: Ashmore; Woodward, Poate, Kirby, Molyneaux, Holland, Igoe, Smith, Wooden, Bennett, Wilde. Subs: King, Cook, Martin, Jones, Norton.