Gosport pay penalty in clash with Cinderford

Justin Bennett
Justin Bennett
Craig McAllister. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Gosport Borough were made to pay the penalty as they let a two-goal lead slip in their 2-2 draw at Cinderford Town in the Southern League south & west division.

Two second-half penalties allowed the home side back into the game, leaving Borough hanging on for a point at the end.

‘Under normal circumstances we would regard a point at Cinderford as good but after leading by two goals it felt like a defeat,’ said Borough’s assistant manager Mick Catlin.

‘We were looking comfortable until the last 20 minutes when Cinderford pushed men forward.

‘They put us under pressure and we didn’t deal with it very well.

‘In the end we hit the panic button, sat too deep and were left hanging on.’

Borough had the lion’s share of possession in the opening 45 minutes and led through a James Taylor penalty at the break.

Justin Bennett was flattened inside the area and Taylor confidently despatched his spot-kick.

Bennett extended Borough’s lead in the opening minutes of the second half with a superb strike into the top corner from outside the area.

But on 70 minutes, Borough keeper Ryan Pryce fouled a home striker to concede a penalty which Lewis Sommers converted.

Eight minutes later, Lee Molyneux was adjudged to have handled inside the area and Sommers again made no mistake.

The home side were reduced to 10 men late on but Borough had to settle for a point.