‘Lethargic’ Borough held by Magpies

Dan Wooden. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14752-8)
Dan Wooden. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14752-8)
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Gosport Borough battled to a Skrill South point against relegated Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium yesterday.

A stunning goal from Dan Wooden cancelled out Elliot Chamberlain’s early opener.

But Borough failed to find a decisive second goal, leaving boss Alex Pike wondering whether his troops are a little battle weary.

‘I knew the way Phil (Simkin, Dorchester boss) would set them up,’ said the boss.

‘They were hard to beat and they were determined, as their players are playing for contracts next season like ours. I can’t make excuses but there were a lot of tired legs out there and maybe now it’s starting to catch up with us.

‘I have loads of injuries, so I have to keep using the same players and I can’t rotate the squad. It makes it difficult.

‘We looked tired and lethargic.’

Pike made two changes to the side that beat Bath City 3-1 on Saturday – Jamie Brown and Jason Prior returning for Danny Smith and Adam Wilde. Wooden moved back to the left wing.

Borough suffered a horror start when, in the fifth minute, a defensive mix-up allowed Chamberlain in to smash the ball home.

Pike added: ‘If we were playing Sutton, that would have been booted out of the ground but because it was Dorchester, we take extra touches.

‘I don’t think we underestimated them but we fell into their trap.’

Charlie Lossaso was then denied by Nathan Ashmore before Brown headed just wide at the other end.

Chamberlain tested Ashmore again and Nathan Walker rattled the crossbar as the Magpies pushed.

Brett Poate then suffered an injury and was replaced by Rory Williams.

And five minutes after the break, Wooden drew his side level with a fabulous strike from long range.

Sam Lanahan and Chamberlain both had chances to win it, while Williams almost nicked the points for Borough late on.

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Molyneaux, Poate (Williams, 35mins), Brown, Richardson, Pearce, Woodward, Scott, Prior (Sills, 79mins), Bennett, Wooden (Kerrigan, 66mins). Subs not used: Wilde, Barfoot