Gosport Borough got lucky as they edged into the FA Cup second qualifying round with a 3-2 replay victory over Bashley last night.
That’s the verdict of boss Alex Pike, who also hailed the wonder goal Dan Woodward produced to settle the tie in extra-time.
Bashley had seen a goal disallowed towards the end of normal time – with the score locked at 2-2.
Woodward then delivered the killer blow to earn Gosport £3,000 and a home clash with Bodmin or Bideford, who are in replay action tonight.
But much to Pike’s disappointment, Pompey coach Guy Whittingham, who was running the rule over Woodward at Privett Park, had left by the time he netted the winner.
‘Half of my players told me the disallowed goal Bashley scored should have counted,’ said Pike.
‘But at the end of the day we scored three and they score two.
‘It was a typical Cup replay and it took a super goal by Dan to win it.
‘It’s just a pity Guy Whittingham had left just moments before.’
Gosport made one change to the side that fought out a 1-1 draw with Bashley on Saturday – Gavin Jones coming in for the injured Steffan Gaisie.
Bashley, meanwhile, travelled along the coast unchanged.
Borough took the initiative from the start and almost took the lead through Dan Wooden.
His shot was just within reach of Bashley keeper Joe Prodomo, though.
Buoyed by their fast start, the home side pushed on and former Pompey midfielder Sammy Igoe found Justin Bennett only for the striker’s header to be saved by Prodomo.
The Bashley stopper was proving a thorn in Borough’s side.
He watched a shot from Woodward skid wide before foiling Bennett again.
On 30 minutes – and against the run of play – Bashley should have taken the lead.
They broke quickly but striker James Stokoe spared Borough’s blushes when his powerful drive crashed against an upright.
After treatment for a clash with Bennett, Prodomo watched an Igoe effort flash past the post as the half closed.
The second half started with a bang as Borough took the lead.
Igoe’s free-kick was not dealt with by the visitors and Lee Molyneaux stuck out a boot to net.
Woodward’s control let him down as he threatened to make it two and, as play broke to the other end, Bashley’s Tom Hill ghosted in to thump an equaliser.
It was cruel on Borough but they were soon in front again when Woodward crossed for Molyneaux to thunder home his second.
More pressure saw Danny Smith and Bennett go close but the visitors were still dangerous on the break.
And in once such counter, Charlie Wright set up Stokoe for an equaliser.
Moments later and it looked like the forward had put his side in front but, after consulting his assistant, the referee awarded a corner instead.
Bennett and Brett Poate were both denied by Prodomo in extra-time.
But as the first period neared its end, the stopper was powerless to preventWoodward lashing Borough into the next round following a mazy run.
GOSPORT: Ashmore, Jones, Martin, Poate, Molyneaux, Ford, Igoe, Smith, Wooden, Bennett, Woodward. Subs: Cook, Brown, Wilde, King, Norton, Stow, May
BASHLEY: Prodomo, Smith, Finlay, Strickland, Middleton, Richardson, Casey, Hill, Stokoe, Cradwell, Knight. Subs: Gazzard, Lompato-Pires, Farren, Oliver, Gamble, Kearn
Ref: Will Bull (Southampton)