THE play-off dream is over for Gosport Borough after a 4-0 defeat at Almondsbury Town.
Manager Alex Pike had tasked his men with finishing the Southern League south & west division season with a flourish to gatecrash the promotion shake-up.
But in a dismal second half, Borough were ripped apart.
Jack Pitcher, Ross Stearn, Josh Klein-Davies and Todd Winter got the goals for the hosts.
And, but for several fine saves from former Pompey youngster Alex Hards – Borough would have gone down by six or seven.
Arguably, though, had Borough taken several chances they created in the opening 45 minutes at Oaklands Park, the outcome could have been different.
Justin Bennett, Liam Sewell, James Taylor and Ian Jones were all unable to find the target.
Fortune, at that stage, favoured the hosts who only came to life just before the interval when Stearn skipped past Borough defender Dan Wooden to crash a shot against the crossbar.
Then, after Bennett fired wide, Borough fell apart, with desire and quality sadly lacking.
In contrast, Almondsbury charge on, with their own promotion dreams firmly intact.
‘If our away form mirrored what we have achieved at home then we would be wedged in a play-off place at the very least,’ said Borough secretary Brian Cosgrave.
‘It’s the same story. On our travels we do well for at least an hour of the match and end up getting beaten and 13 (away) defeats is a long way off finishing up among the leaders.
‘Again, if we had taken our early chances and had more luck then the result could have gone our way.
‘But the bottom line is we didn’t and now we have to face up to the fact that our hopes of promotion are over for another season.’