Gosport held by Dorchester

Rory Williams on the attack. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Rory Williams on the attack. Picture: Malcolm Wells
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Gosport Borough had to settle for a 1-1 home draw against struggling Dorchester yesterday.

Assistant boss Mick Catlin felt it should have been three.

Chances were missed and Borough had only a 22nd-minute Dan Wooden goal to show for their strong play.

It wasn’t enough as Steve Walker equalised for Dorchester on 72 minutes.

According to Catlin, Gosport have the quality to deliver the elusive win soon.

He said: ‘I’m clear in my thoughts that we should have been sitting on our first win at this level.

‘To have taken only a point is disappointing to say the least.

‘Any suggestion we are showing signs of nerves is not as I see it.

‘Yes, we are still finding our feet at Conference South level and once we get a win under our belts – and it should have come against Dorchester – then confidence will take over and our season will begin to take shape.’

On 22 minutes, Gosport midfield powerhouse Jamie Brown crunched into a challenge.

He emerged with the ball and fed Wooden who sped away to score with an arrow-like shot past keeper Alan Walker-Harris.

A vicious drive from Mike Gosney almost made it 2-0.

Somehow the Dorchester keeper tipped the ball over the bar.

Walker-Harris then repeated the act to deny Tom Dunford who saw his spectacular drive, from 35 yards, turned over the top.

Andy Forbes hit the woodwork before Dorchester hit back to disappoint most in the large Privett Park crowd.

Walker met a free kick to head an equaliser.

Gosport still had time to miss more chances with Rory Williams and Dunford unable to find the net.

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, King, Martin, Brown, Molyneaux, Pearce, Dunford, Smith, Forbes, Wooden, Gosney. Subs: Bennett, Williams, Hinshelwood, Igoe, Barfoot.

Dorchester Town: Walker-Harris, Bell, Martin, Jermyn, Walker, Pugh, Crittenden, Gleeson, Watson, Clough, Morgan. Subs: Goodship, Beasley, Ward, Tennant, Sandercombe.