Borough hold leaders Sholing

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Gosport Borough's plucky display earned them a 1-1 draw with Southern League division one south & west leaders Sholing at Privett Park.

For most of the match, Borough's defence came in for an almighty battering.

But with skipper Dave Birmingham directing operations and leading by example, Sholing struggled to add to the single strike that earned them an equaliser, Barry Mason easing through to beat keeper Nick Hutchings with a shot on 15 minutes.

That came just five minutes after Justin Bennett had put Gosport ahead when he intercepted a sloppy pass from Nick Watts to ease through and beat former Fareham keeper Lee Webber with a fierce shot.

Despite Sholing piling on the pressure after that, though, the hosts stayed strong.

Borough keeper Nick Hutchings deserved to be applauded off at the final whistle with a string of superb saves to deny the leaders all three points, turning aside efforts from Mason, Marvin McLean, former Pompey academy striker Watts and Kevin Gibbens.

Webber also showed what a fine keeper he is, somehow getting his fingertips to a shot from striker James Taylor that was heading for the corner of the net.

'We stuck in there and thoroughly deserved a point and it shows we can compete against the better sides at this level,' said Borough chairman Mark Hook.

'I thought both goalkeepers were outstanding and our defence played a major part in getting us something from the match, which is important as they often come in for criticism when things don't go as planned.

'So all in all, we have to be pleased with the performance and the point.'