Craig McAllister: Gosport Borough have let chance slip away

Gosport forward Ryan Pennery is denied. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
Gosport forward Ryan Pennery is denied. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
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Boss Craig McAllister revealed his disappointment after Gosport Borough's FA Trophy hopes were dashed by a 2-1 first qualifying round defeat to AFC Totton at Privett Park.

The visitors took an early lead through a wonder goal as Stuart Mott fired in from 30 yards after 11 minutes

It stunned Borough but on 22 minutes Ryan Pennery scored his 10th goal of the season to make it 1-1.

Player boss Craig McAllister then saw his header hit the crossbar before the Southern League division one visitors regained the lead three minutes before half-time.

Borough could find no way back in the second half.

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McAllister said: ‘I'm gutted for everyone at the club because it would have been good to have a run in the FA Trophy.

‘But it is an opportunity we have let slip by us.

‘It wasn't through a lack of effort but I think we could have been out there all night and probably not scored.

‘We created good opportunities which we didn't take.

‘We've been critical of our defending recently. Maybe the second goal was bit of a soft one.

‘But we have to be critical of the forward players including myself, because I could have had two or three goals.

‘There were great patterns of play at times and our players looked like they wanted to win. 

‘Despite the amount of ball we had, especially in the second half, we just could not get that equalising goal.

‘It was a bad day at the office for the strikers.’