Gosport Borough resilience hailed after defeat of Staines in Southern League

Craig McAllister hailed the resilience of Gosport Borough as they notched back-to-back home wins in Southern League premier division south on Saturday.

Sunday, 26th August 2018, 5:14 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:15 pm
Pat Suraci netted the second goal for Gosport Borough against Staines. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

The Privett Park outfit claimed a 2-1 victory over against Staines Town '“ with the player-boss and Pat Suraci on target.

McAllister was delighted with the response to the previous week's dire defeat at Merthyr Town.

He said: '˜This was such a difference to our last game. We competed, got in people's faces and made tackles.

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'˜Defending has to mean something and at times we defended with our lives.

'˜Opponents at this level are going to keep coming at you.

'˜Staines did that but we showed great resilience.

'˜We worked our socks off and got what we deserved which was the three points.

'˜Our home form last season wasn't the greatest.

'˜We have said we need to turn Privett Park into a fortress. It has to be a difficult place for teams to come.'

Suraci set up the opening goal for McAllister after seven minutes.

The midfielder provided a looping cross for the striker to head into the bottom right-hand corner.

Eight minutes later the roles were reversed with McAllister sliding the ball through to Suraci to net.

Harry Stow pulled a goal back in the dying seconds but Borough held on for a deserved win.

McAllister added: '˜Every game we win helps grow confidence.

'˜Once we win three or four on the bounce you will see a different side.

'˜Pat was great for us and showed his ability to create things out of nothing.

'˜He can set up chances and score them.'

Borough will be looking to pick up their first away point of the season at derby rivals Basingstoke Town today (3pm).

'˜Basingstoke have been together as a side for a few years,' said McAllister.

'˜They will work hard and we have to go there and match them. It is important we keep doing the basics.'

Rob Flooks is ruled out with a suspected broken rib. Borough are also waiting on the fitness of defender Lucas McCartney, who made a good debut against Staines.

Bognor maintained their unbeaten start in the Bostik League premier division with a 1-1 draw at AFC Hornchurch.

Pompey loanee Dan Smith headed the Rocks into a 37th-minute lead but the home side levelled four minutes after the break.