Pike unhappy after Borough blow lead against North Leigh

Gosport celebrate before it went wrong
Gosport celebrate before it went wrong
Ollie Pearce scored for Bognor in their match today. Picture: Tommy McMillan

Bognor get first win in six months

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GOSPORT BOROUGH boss Alex Pike was left fuming after his side surrendered a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 with North Leigh in the Southern League division one south & west.

Borough had Lee Molyneaux sent off and were pegged back by a late own goal.

Justin Bennett struck twice and veteran former Pompey striker Steve Claridge was also on the mark for Gosport, but it wasn’t enough for victory.

‘We shot ourselves in the foot,’ said Pike.

‘They got a goal back at the start of the second half when we disappointingly got beaten one-on-one with a straight ball over the top.

‘When we got back into it and restored our two-goal lead, we made the mistake of thinking the game was won.

‘They should have been dead and buried with the amount of chances we had but didn’t convert.

‘I am seething. It is two points thrown away.’

The Gosport boss knows his side will need to be far more disciplined if they are to get a positive result at Poole Town today (3pm).

Borough are unbeaten in the league since early September – a run that stretches 13 games.

They looked set to keep their momentum going with a win, when two goals in the opening five minutes should have seen them home and dry.

Borough took command when Justin Bennett took his tally for the season to 24, with two strikes in the first five minutes.

The lively Dan Wooden got Borough moving forward, before Bennett fired a volley high into the net from just inside the area.

Bennett’s second was a well-placed low shot.

And North Leigh were fortunate to go in at the break only two goals adrift.

The visitors were a different proposition after the restart, however.

They pulled one back as Morgan Williams fired home.

But substitute Claridge netted on 52 minutes, with a close-range header, making it 3-1 before it all turned sour.

Molyneaux was dismissed for a second bookable offence, with 10 minutes remaining, and Andy Caton hooked in the loose ball after the free-kick hit the woodwork.

North Leigh then equalised when Ashmore misjudged a deep cross and the ball bounced off a Borough defender into the net.

‘We just switched off,’ said Pike.

‘It was a horrible last 10 minutes and hopefully we will learn our lessons.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore; Jones G, Poate, Cook, Molyneaux, Ford, Way, Arnold (Martin 67mins), Wooden, Bennett, Wilde (Claridge 46mins)