Frustrating night by the sea.
A Hawks side without talisman Jake Robinson started the night in strong fashion, with Sam Deering hitting a number of close shots, and Scott Neilson proving to be a handful with darting runs across the Gosport backline. But Borough proved why they hadn’t conceded a goal so far this season by giving a strong first half performance from keeper Nathan Ashmore.
HT: Gosport Borough 0-0 Whitehawk FC
The second half started with a real bang when in the 48th minute Scott Neilson masterfully dribbled the ball across the box, took aim, and curled a beautiful shot home to put the hawks 1-0 up. Hawks piled the pressure on in the 58th minute with a clever run into the box by Danny Mills which saw him cynically brought down. Sam Deering then stepped up and smashed the ball home. Gosport went into panic mode soon after committing foul after foul but a Hawks defensive error saw Gosport’s Justin Bennett sneak a goal back against the flow of play. As the game came to a close, temper’s began to fray and bookings were given out on both sides. Nick Arnold and Jordan Rose were both harshly taken down in separate incidents, leading to an extra 6 minutes of time added to the game. Another defensive error on Hawks’ part lead to Gosport being back on level terms through Rory Williams. With only seconds left, Gosport were awarded a free kick in the Hawks’ half. The game ended on a sour note, with crossed words with the referee saw Arnaud Mendy controversially shown a straight red.
FT: Gosport Borough 2-2 Whitehawk FC
Man of the match: Sam Deering
On Saturday we host Chelmsford City, hope to see you there!
Match report and photos by David Hunt