Pompey fan and former Fratton Park triallist a huge threat to Gosport Borough in absence of Southern League’s top goalscorer

Gosport Borough won’t have to contend with the threat of the Southern League’s leading goalscorer this weekend.

Thursday, 13th January 2022, 10:15 am
Portsmouth-born Will Spetch has scored four goals in two Southern League games - all headers - since being moved from defence to up front. Picture - BOURNEMOUTH DAILY ECHO.

But a Portsmouth-born defender currently playing as a makeshift striker will almost certainly pose problems as Shaun Gale takes his promotion-chasing side to Poole Town.

Ex-Boro forward Tony Lee ended the pandemic-wrecked 2020/21 non-league season on a dual registration with Havant & Waterlooville.

Returning to Poole, Lee lifted the curtain on the current campaign with an opening day brace as the Dorset club led 3-2 at Privett Park before Gosport scored twice in the closing stages.

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Lee went on to hit 24 Southern League Premier South goals before suffering a snapped collarbone at Beaconsfield in mid-December.

In his top scorer’s absence, Poole boss Tommy Killick has thrown Spetch up front - and he has responded with four goals (all headers) in two games, including a New Year’s Day derby treble against Wimborne.

Spetch, 30, has form as a makeshift forward - in 2019/20 he was moved up front and scored four goals in five games prior to the pandemic bringing the non-league season to an abrupt halt.

Back in November 2013, Pompey boss Guy Whittingham revealed he was tracking Blues fan Spetch, who subsequently had a trial at Fratton Park.

The player also had trials with Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Port Vale but, when he did leave, it was to a National League South club when Sutton - then managed by current Hawks boss Paul Doswell - splashed out £6,000.

After an injury-ravaged time at Sutton, Spetch later returned to Poole on a free.

Poole were top of the Premier South when the 2020/21 season was halted in late October, never to return. Among their wins was a 1-0 home success against Gosport thanks to a stunning Lee strike.

This season, the Dolphins - managed by Killick now since 2004 when they were a Hampshire League club - are currently ninth, four places off the play-off zone. But they will move to within a point of fourth-placed Gosport in a congested promotion race if they can claim a third successive league victory.