Cup despair for Borough

Gosport Borough's Sammy Igoe
Gosport Borough's Sammy Igoe
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There was precious little magic of the FA Cup for Gosport Borough as they crashed to a 2-0 loss at fellow Conference South outfit Bath City.

An early Dave Pratt strike and Ross Stearn’s clincher five minutes from time sent Alex Pike’s side tumbling to defeat in their second qualifying round encounter.

Bognor made it 10 games unbeaten but Weymouth’s spirited fightback at the Bob Lucas Stadium ensured an FA Cup replay between the two sides.

The Rocks led 2-0 with five minutes to play as Ben Johnson’s penalty and Aaron Hopkinson’s sensational goal looked to have handed the Ryman League premier division side a place in the next round.

But Hopkinson’s poor back pass allowed Stewart Yetton to reduce the arrears and Ben Joyce capped a memorable comeback for Southern League premier division Weymouth as they earned a dramatic Nyewood Lane replay.

AFC Portchester’s hopes of an Cup upset at Cirencester were denied by striker Lee Smith – whose expertly-taken double proved the difference between the two sides.

Meanwhile, a last-minute penalty miss proved costly as Moneyfields’ slide down the Wessex premier table continued with a 1-0 defeat against Whitchurch.

The hosts fell behind to a stunning strike from Curtis Angell but had the chance to earn a point in stoppage time as Jack Lee was fouled in the box.

Up stepped Warren Hunt but his spot-kick lacked conviction and was easily beaten away by visiting keeper Tony Hindmarsh to preseve all three points for Whitchurch.