Ashmore sent off as Borough are sunk in Poole

Nathan Ashmore. Picture: Barry Zee
Nathan Ashmore. Picture: Barry Zee
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Gosport made a disastrous start to the new year as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Poole Town in Southern League division one south & west.

Borough had goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore sent off, conceded two penalties and saw full-back Gavin Jones taken to hospital with a suspected punctured lung.

It was a disappointing end to Borough’s 13-game unbeaten league run and a setback in their bid to reach the play-offs.

‘It was a bad day all round – very disappointing,’ said assistant boss Mick Catlin.

‘We conceded a poor goal in the first half and then suffered a bizarre penalty decision against us. After that we were chasing the game. Poole were deserved winners – we were second best.’

The visitors failed to get going in the first half and fell behind in the 18th minute when Will Spetch headed in a near post free-kick.

Borough’s Lee Molyneaux was lucky to escape with a yellow card for a late challenge before they fell further behind on 55 minutes.

Ashmore was adjudged to have fouled an onrushing forward when the keeper looked to have got to the ball first.

But despite the lack of appeals from the home players the referee awarded a penalty and Mick Hubbard scored.

The afternoon went from bad to worse for Alex Pike’s men in the final 15 minutes with the loss of Jones and the dismissal of Ashmore.

Ashmore was guilty of bringing a home forward down inside the area and was dismissed before Hubbard tucked in his second penalty.

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