More misery for Borough with Stratford defeat

Gosport boss Alex Pike. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Gosport boss Alex Pike. Picture: Malcolm Wells
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Gosport Borough suffered more misery after a 1-0 Southern League premier division defeat against Stratford Town at Privett Park.

Lee Thomas’ strike four minutes into the second half stretched Borough’s winless run to 14 games in the league.

Alex Pike introduced Eastleigh loanee goalkeeper Mark Childs into his starting line-up, with Patrick O’Flaherty dropping to the bench.

After five minutes Will Grocott sent in a cross from the right, which bounced over off the top of the Gosport crossbar.

Ben Stephens then sent a dipping volley over the bar as Stratford threatened again.

It was proving to be a low-key affair in the opening 20 minutes with few clear-cut chances.

As half-time approached the visitors began to assert further pressure.

A good move ended with the overlapping Thomas firing just over the angle of post and bar.

Borough fell behind four minutes into the second half after failing to clear their lines.

THOMAS collected the ball on the far side of the home area and drilled a low shot into the bottom far corner of the net.

The hosts were struggling to raise their game in a flat display.

One good move ended with Craig McAllister volleying over the bar.

On 71 minutes Jordan Brooks produced Gosport’s best effort with a low drive which forced a low full-length save from the visitors goalkeeper.

McAllister knocked a sharp chance over from close-range in the dying minutes but the hosts failed to produce an equaliser.