Borough refuse to support Bashley bid

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Dan Woodward
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Gosport Borough chairman Mark Hook has rejected Bashley’s calls for their midweek FA Cup tie replayed.

Borough beat the New Forest side 3-2 after extra-time but the visitors felt cheated after having a goal disallowed in the second half.

Bashley claim James Stokoe scored late on but Borough keeper Nathan Ashmore kicked the ball out through a hole in the side-netting.

The referee – after consulting his assistant – awarded a corner to the disgust of the visitors.

Bashley have written to the FA in a bid to have the game replayed and urged Gosport to do the same in support.

However, while understanding their frustration, Hook believes the idea to be nonsensical.

‘Gosport Borough will not be writing to the FA,’ said the chairman.

‘In football it is the officials who make the decisions and by writing to the FA we would be undermining that.

‘I spoke to the officials afterwards and they were adamant it was not a goal.

‘In football sometimes decisions go for you and sometimes against you.

‘We have seen it at the very highest level where the ball has clearly crossed the line and the goal has not been awarded.

‘As for blaming the Borough players (for putting the referee under pressure), I’m sure their players would have done exactly the same.

‘You have to take the rough with the smooth.

‘Players from both teams were appealing for everything and there was a great element of doubt.

‘It was a cracking Cup tie and our winning goal from Dan Woodward was worth the admission money alone.’

Borough picked up £3,000 for the win and will host Bideford in the next round.

Alex Pike’s team return to Southern League premier division action tomorrow with a daunting trip to third-placed Chesham (3pm).