Frustration for Gosport after draw at lowly Yate

Gosport's Nathan Kirby, front right
Gosport's Nathan Kirby, front right
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Gosport Borough paid the price for wayward shooting as they were held to a 1-1 draw at lowly Yate Town in the Southern League south & west division.

Visitors Gosport got off to the perfect start, going ahead though an own goal within three minutes.

Bottom side Yate hit back to level with a 33rd-minute penalty.

And both teams had chances to win the game in the second half but had to settle for a draw.

‘It is frustrating,’ said Borough assistant manager Mick Catlin.

‘We would expect to be beating the bottom side.

‘We couldn’t have wished for a better start but, to be fair, Yate raised their game and put us under a bit of pressure.

‘I couldn’t fault the effort but we were poor up front.

‘Justin Bennett and Nathan Kirby had a couple of chances but never really got hold of them.’

In the third minute, Kirby headed on a Brett Poate free-kick and the ball flicked up off a defender into the far corner of the net.

Lee Molyneux conceded the penalty when he pulled a Yate attacker back, with Adie Adams converting with ease.

Former Pompey academy player, Ellis Martin, making his debut for Gosport, had to be replaced at half-time with an ankle injury.

Substitute Jason Silver caused Yate problems with his pace but missed the best chance to settle the contest late on when he shot wide of the post with the goal at his mercy.

‘All the drawn games are killing us,’ said Catlin.

‘It’s a bit like treading water because they don’t move you anywhere.

‘Sides above us have lost more games but at the same time they have won more, too.’