Gosport’s search for an elusive home league win continues after they fell to a 3-2 loss to Chippenham last night.
Alex Pike’s men, with recent signing Steffan Gaisie starting, struggled in the early stages of the Southern League premier division contest.
Their hopes of claiming a first Privett Park three-point haul of the season suffered a dent when Chippenham took the lead.
Former Torquay and Exeter striker Lee Phillips was felled by Gosport’s Dan Woodward in the box.
The referee pointed to the spot and Luke Ballinger beat keeper Nathan Ashmore.
Borough hit back when Dan Wooden was fouled on the edge of the area.
Striker Justin Bennett stepped up and powered home the resulting free-kick.
Ashmore then came to Borough’s rescue with a couple of flying saves.
But Chippenham were awarded a second penalty when the keeper fouled Scott Lye in the area.
After consulting with his asistant, the referee made his decision and Ballinger gleefully netted for 2-1.
The Wiltshire visitors missed a great chance to add to their lead on 50 minutes.
Phillips, with the goal at his mercy, could only find the arms of a grateful Ashmore.
At the other end, the usually clinical Bennett was also wasteful.
He met a Luke King cross, only to head against the post.
Suddenly, Borough upped their game and equalised for a second time.
Woodward set off from halfway and unleashed a missile of a shot that flew into the roof of the net.
Now it was very much game on. Chippenham were denied a third when Dean Griffiths’ far-post header was ruled out for offside.
The visitors were soon celebrating, though.
Phillips showed all his quality by nipping clear to lift a shot over the head of Ashmore into the net, piling more home misery on Gosport.