No Fratton Park final showpiece to look forward to after Gosport Borough see off lower level Petersfield Town in hard-fought Portsmouth Senior Cup semi-final clash

Gosport Borough booked a Portsmouth Senior Cup final date with Wessex League Premier outfit Moneyfields - but Shaun Gale is slightly 'disappointed' his troops will not be rewarded with a Fratton Park showpiece.

By Lewis Mason
Sunday, 13th March 2022, 2:50 pm
Updated Sunday, 13th March 2022, 2:56 pm
Ryan Pennery celebrates after grabbing Gosport Borough's semi-final winner against Petersfield Town Picture: Tom Phillips
Ryan Pennery celebrates after grabbing Gosport Borough's semi-final winner against Petersfield Town Picture: Tom Phillips

Ryan Pennery struck the only goal on 65 minutes to wrap up a 1-0 semi-final success for Boro over plucky three-divisions lower Wessex Division One Petersfield at Privett Park.

Usually, progression to the final of the competition would mean an opportunity to run-out at League One Pompey's Fratton Park home for the right to claim the Portsmouth Senior Cup silverware.

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But with third-tier Pompey unable to accommodate the showpiece at their home this season - it means Gosport - record six-time competition winners - will instead head to the home of Havant & Waterlooville FC and Westleigh Park on Wednesday, April 6.

Gale said: ‘It's a competition that I've been involved with Havant before, it's always (been) played at Fratton Park, they can't accommodate apparently this year.

‘It's a disappointment because it's something which is always nice to look forward to - the lads playing at a decent stadium like that. That's no disrespect to Havant's stadium (Westleigh Park), it's a good stadium, but it's not Fratton Park.

‘It is what it is, obviously we play against Moneyfields, it's another final and we've got quite a few teams in finals across the club.

Midfielder Mike Carter battles to retain possession for Gosport Borough Picture: Dave Haines

On the field, Gale was not overly impressed with what his side served up in what was a narrow victory in the end.

The Boro boss felt his men did not 'transfer the ball quickly enough' for long periods, although they managed to secure the last-four triumph thanks to Pennery smashing home after the visitors had failed to deal with a corner on 65 minutes.

Gale added: ‘Fair play to Petersfield, it's a great little club, they came and made it difficult. The expectations were all on us, they came and made it difficult for us, we could have been two-up in the first 10 minutes. Their keeper made a good save and we missed another chance.

‘We've got to be better at breaking them down but when I look at it, eight or nine of those players (who started) have not had a lot of football in the past month or so.

Gosport's Josh Huggins is not impressed with a refereeing decision Pictures: Tom Phillips

‘I was just disappointed we weren't better with the ball in the final third. We made it easier for them by not transferring the ball quick enough.’

Gale also applauded the continued great work of the club, who raised £2,070 from gate receipts from the cup clash – with 469 fans in attendance – for the Ukraine Crisis Appeal.