By Connor Steel
GOSPORT BOROUGH fell to a second successive Southern Premier League defeat on Saturday afternoon, falling three-one at home to Swindon Submarine with goalkeeping howlers and a haul of missed opportunities affecting Shaun Gale’s men during the ninety minutes. A double from Keiran Phillips and an easy finish for Harry Williams sealed a deserved away win for ‘Marine’ on a freezing day at Privett Park, 483 fans braving the weather elements for what was a competitive football game.
Supermarine took the lead after 10 minutes following a cagey opening, interplay finding James Edge down the right side. His cross caught the wind and this caused home keeper Albert White to spill the ball, falling kindly to Harry Williams who calmly slotted home into the unguarded bottom corner. Moments later Ryan Campbell cut inside after a jinxing run down the left but his shot drifted harmlessly over whilst Williams curled an effort inches wide; the visitors making a very bright start.
Gosport were guilty of trying unsuccessful long-balls despite the wind, but quickly adapted to playing on the ground and this helped them create their first notable chance on 16 minutes. Passing ended in a shot from Theo Lewis blocked and the rebound was hooked goal-wards by Matt Briggs, his effort caught by the away keeper Martin Horsell. Shortly afterwards Rory Williams curled over the bar whilst Bradley Tarbuck saw his powerful angled shot saved down low before the half hour mark.
Visiting Submarine saw the next opening as Spalding linked up with Michael Hopkins down the right, but the cross was dealt with by the defence, whilst Keiran Phillips broke free and saw his attempt smothered by White on 34 minutes. Seconds later Edge was booked for a late tackle, which allowed the hosts to control possession as Tarbuck again fired over from range. In the final chance before the interval a corner fell kindly to Matt Casey whose shot was blocked at source by two away defenders.
Gosport came out firing after the break and should have been level within sixty seconds; Tarbuck showing great footwork to fire at Horsell who then quickly blocked Wooden’s follow up after he had spilled the initial shot. Down the other end incisive passing found Phillips in space with his curling effort smashing the left post and bouncing towards safety, whilst a speculative effort from Harry Spalding skidded just wide and Casey brilliantly denied a two-on-one counter attack on 59 minutes.
Matt Paterson came off the bench to replace Harvey Rew in an attacking change, but this allowed the Supermarine forwards extra space and Gosport were punished on 64 minutes. On the break William fed a lofted pass into Phillips who was free on goal, taking his time with a side-footed shot that reached the bottom corner. It was three-nil on 67” when the two attackers linked up again with Phillips’ skidding effort into the near post beating White as it bounced over the goalkeeper’s gloves.
In response Gosport saw Wooden’s header saved by Horsell and Woodford shot wide from the corner; before substitutes helped the hosts reduce the arrears on 78 minutes as a corner was spilt by the away keeper and ended in the net; everybody unsure on who exactly got the final touch. Further chances came for Supermarine as Phillips and Zackariah Kotwica saw low shots saved by White, but the damage was done despite late chances as Patterson and Luke Hallett saw various shots fly over.
Following a draw and two defeats from their last three matches Gosport remain fourth place in the league after eighteen games, although teams below them continue to close the gaps with matches in hand due to cup ties and postponed fixtures. Borough will now play bottom club Wimborne Town at Privett Park on Wednesday night before making a long trip to Devon for their clash against Tiverton next Saturday afternoon. They will then play AFC Totton in the regional cup on December 8.
PICTURED BY TOM PHILLIPS: Gosport struggle to score against Supermarine