Wait for home league win goes on for Gosport

Dan Wooden netted in the second half for Gosport
Dan Wooden netted in the second half for Gosport
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Gosport are still without a league victory at Privett Park this season after falling to a 2-1 defeat to Cambridge City.

Borough were hoping their FA Cup heroics in midweek could inspire them to three points in their Southern League premier division clash.

But Dan Wooden’s second-half equaliser was their only positive as Cambridge snatched victory late on from the penalty spot.

Torrential rain greeted both sides as play got under way. And the visitors wasted a glorious chance to take the lead as striker Mitch Bryant was given the space to go clear, only to turn the ball into the side netting.

As the weather improved, so too did Borough. And on 15 minutes, Dan Woodward brought a fine save from Zac Barrett, before Danny Smith got forward to ping in a shot that was heading towards the corner of the net, until a deflection took the ball wide.

Gosport’s Luke King came in for some heavy treatment from Cambridge’s Joey Abbs, who received a lengthy lecture from referee Will Bull.

King was soon able to get going again and played a key role in a Borough move that ended with Woodward firing wide.

The visitors gradually stepped up the pressure that set Abbs off on a run past Dean Stow and on into the penalty area, where he tested keeper Nathan Ashmore at his near post.

Abbs was becoming a handful for Borough with his penetrating runs down the line. And he was denied an opening goal thanks only to Ellis Martin, who managed to get across and block what looked like a certain opener.

But on 40 minutes it was Cambridge’s other winger, Luke Allen, who cut Gosport’s defence to ribbons with a jinking run through to set up Bryant for a shot which beat Ashmore from 10 yards.

And moments before the interval, Allen weaved his magic again with a run into the heart of Borough’s now-suspect defence to set up Hammond, who missed the cross with the goal at his mercy.

As the second half got under way, Borough’s Tony Dunford wasted a glorious chance to level as he eased clear on a Wooden through ball, only to take to long to finish, giving keeper Barrett time to race out and block his effort.

Sixty seconds later, though, Gosport were back in the match with a well-taken equaliser thanks to Woodward’s persistence in recovering a ball that looked to be going out of play. He was then able to swing a cross that reached Wooden at the far post, who finished in style.

Martin again came to Borough’s rescue with a goal-line clearance from Bryant.

With time running out, boss brought Steffan Gaisie on from the bench to add some spark to a lacklustre strikeforce.

As play broke in favour of Cambridge on 87 minutes, a move that was about to break down was not dealt with by Borough’s defence and keeper Ashmore’s heavy challenge on Bryant earned the visitors a penalty that Hammond stepped up to ram home for the winner.

Southern League premier division

GOSPORT 1 (Wooden)

CAMBRIDGE CITY 2 (Allen, Hammond pen)

GOSPORT: Ashmore, Stow, Martin, Poate, Molyneaux, Woodward, Dunford, Smith, King, Bennett, Wooden. Subs: Cook, Norton, Igoe, Brown, Gaisie.

CAMBRIDGE CITY: Barrett, Pepper, D’eath, Theobald, Chaffey, Prada, Allen, Cambridge, Hammond, Bryant, Abbs. Subs: Lester, Midgley, Brighton, Gerring.