Gosport Borough paid the price for a slow start and missing chances in their 2-1 defeat at Swindon Supermarine.
Borough conceded twice in the opening 23 minutes at the Webbswood Stadium. After Tony Lee had forced a good early save from the home goalkeeper, Borough were rocked by a two-goal salvo.
On 15 minutes the home side got in behind the visitors’ defence and Stuart Fleetwood converted the low cross. Eight minutes later the hosts got free down the right-hand side again and the cross was volleyed in by Ryan Campbell.
Borough needed a quick response and Lee provided it five minutes later. Joe Lea sent in an inviting cross and Lee slid in to volley home. After that both sides had chances to add to their tally but didn’t take them.
Sam Lanahan was denied by a spectacular save and Supermarine twice hit the crossbar. Borough went close to salvaging a point at the death but couldn’t quite find an equaliser.
The defeat leaves Borough in 16th place and four points above the Southern League premier division south drop-zone. They entertain one of the teams just below them, Dorchester, at Privett Park on Saturday.
* Moneyfields were denied the chance to improve upon their lofty position in division one south when their scheduled game at home to Street was called off because the Dover Road pitch was waterlogged.