An almost unrecognisbale Gosport Borough grabbed a 1-0 friendly victory at Wessex League premier division outfit Folland Sports last night.
Jack Odam netted the only goal of the game as boss Alex Pike named a side that included only Dan Wooden, Brett Poate, Jack Kerrigan and Adam Wilde from last season’s squad.
Despite the many new faces, the Conference South outfit took just 10 minutes to begin controlling the game.
However, it was the hosts who almost took the lead when a Matt Graham header flew just over the bar.
Gosport hit back immediately when a neat Wilde through ball found the unmarked Wooden but his shot went wide of Ryan Gosney’s upright.
Folland’s Jake Long then went through one-on-one with Borough keeper Terry Shaw but his half-volley sailed over the top.
The home side’s skipper Jamie Baron also went close but dragged his shot wide.
Folland were getting closer and soon drew the first save when Baron’s chipped pass was volleyed first time by Stuart Gapes – only for Shaw to superbly tip it over the bar.
It was Gosport who took the lead, though, as two new men combined.
A superb run and cross from triallist Danilo Cadette was met by Odam and he calmly nodded past Gosney.
Kerrigan almost doubled their advantage early in the second half but his long-range strike trickled wide.
Long was denied by Shaw again before Wilde latched on to a clever Wooden pull-back only to swing his effort past the right-hand post.
Stuart Green and triallist Matt Benham, formerly a trainee at Southampton and Brighton, both rattled the woodwork.
And Cadette dragged a shot wide of the mark when well placed as Borough failed to put the result beyond doubt.
Folland’s hopes of a draw rested on the shoulders of Mike Turvey but he nodded a Baron cross over and Gosport saw the game out with relative ease ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Poole Town (3pm).