Debutant Charles-Smith's late strike sends ten-man Gosport Borough to defeat at Farnborough

Debutant Marc Charles-Smith's 88th-minute strike sent ten-man Gosport Borough to a 2-1 Southern League premier south defeat at Farnborough.

Thursday, 22nd November 2018, 8:17 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd November 2018, 9:22 am
Tony Lee struck for ten-man Gosport in the defeat at Farnborough. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Tony Lee looked to have clinched a point for battling Borough, with his leveller 16 minutes from time cancelling out Connor Cullen's ninth-minute opener.

But substitute Charles-Smith, signed from Wingate & Finchley earlier in the day, netted on 88 minutes to win it for Farnborough.

While it proved a debut to forget for new Gosport addition George Bennett, who was sent off with 19 minutes left as Borough suffered an eighth loss in ten league matches.

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Cullen fired Farnborough ahead after nine minutes, tapping home from a cross.

Gosport, who looked threatening, were reduced to ten men on 71 minutes when debutant Bennett received√ā his marching orders.

Remarkably, Borough levelled four minutes later. The ball fell to the feet of Lee from a free-kick and he fired home.

There was to be a late twist, though. Charles-Smith, introduced in place of Perry Coles, didn't take long to open his account for the club, grabbing what proved to be the winner after 88 minutes.