Borough off the mark after tactical switch

132559_GOS_BOROUGH_21/9/13''Mike Gosney (yellow). ''Gosport Borough FC (yellow) v Tonbridge Angels FC (red) at Privett Park. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132559-522)
132559_GOS_BOROUGH_21/9/13''Mike Gosney (yellow). ''Gosport Borough FC (yellow) v Tonbridge Angels FC (red) at Privett Park. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132559-522)
Rowan Vine. Picture: Keith Woodland

Vine calling for Gosport to fight to the finish

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Mick Catlin toasted a change in tactics as Gosport Borough finally opened their Skrill South account.

The Privett Park outfit reverted to their tried and tested 4-4-2 formation and the result was a 2-0 success over tough-tackling Tonbridge Angels.

Second-half goals from Jamie Brown and Rory Williams were enough to seal a maiden success of the campaign.

And with it bring some much-needed cheer to the club after a player registration embargo had blighted the start of the season for Alex Pike’s team.

Assistant boss Catlin said: ‘We decided to freshen things up and made a few changes and thoroughly deserved to get a win under our belts.

‘Of course the win was important, we desperately needed three points to get ourselves up and running after a pretty poor start to the season.

‘But I think we showed that by changing our style of play in the way we did things will improve.

‘You can see from the lads’ reactions what winning is all about.

‘They are bubbling with confidence, which will give everyone a massive boost at the club.

‘So hopefully after a couple of training sessions in the week, we can produce another good performance and get a decent result at Bath City in the FA Cup.’

Borough had collected just two points from seven fixtures following promotion to Skrill South level last term.

But they put that agonising run behind them with an encouraging performance on Saturday.

Key to the victory was Pike’s decision to switch systems and give Andy Forbes the role of scuppering the efforts of Angels strikers Mark Lovell and David Ijaha.

With a little help from Sam Pearce and a limping Brett Poate, who gave as good as he got after picking up a knock early on, Forbes responded to earn his man-of-the-match award.

Unsurprisingly – given their poor start to the season – Borough began nervously.

The closest they came to breaking the deadlock in the first half were efforts by Brown and Justin Bennett that keeper Clark Masters saved.

But once the impressive Brown had met a cross from Mike Gosney to bludgeon a header home on 53 minutes, the writing was on the wall.

Borough were in a mean mood defensively, while up front, Gosney, who had a quiet first half, was causing problems with his pace.

Moments after he had set up Brown for the opener, Gosney was brought down by Masters just yards outside the penalty box with a bone-crunching challenge.

The former Hawks keeper escaped with just a yellow card – and then breathed a sigh of relief when Pearce’s free-kick flew inches over the crossbar.

But justice was done on 75 minutes as Tom Dunford’s exquisite through ball gave Williams the chance to rifle a shot across goal and into the far corner to seal a long-awaited maiden win.

Gosport Borough: Barfoot, Hinshelwood, Poate, Dunford, Forbes, Pearce, Igoe, Brown, Williams, Bennett, Gosney. Subs: Molyneaux, Barton, Martin, Woodward, Ashmore