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Gosport Borough
Stratford Town
Full time
L Thomas (49')
Sat 24 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 238

A Lee Thomas strike seals victory for Town on the South Coast

Town make it 3 wins from the last 4 games with a professional and committed team performance at Privett Park

Match Report by Kevin Hand, photographs by Granty

Gosport Borough v Stratford Town, Saturday 24 February 2018 3.00pm Evo-Stik Southern Premier League at Privett Park.

Gosport 0 Stratford 1 (0-0 HT)

Gosport Borough 0-1 Stratford Town pics by Granty
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Attendance: 238

* Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus Julius Caesar Act 1 Scene 2

Privett Park is a proper football ground of pleasing proportions. There is charming signage with the main bar area, The Inn at the Post! The ‘Boro’s’ club badge of a Viking long ship reminds us of Gosport’s maritime heritage as ‘God’s Port – A Safe Haven!’

On a day of beautiful blue skies but freezing temperatures the first note of interest was the team sheet. These have been turbulent times for this friendly and well organized club and there was a belief that none of Boro’s starting eleven were on parade back at the MoodChimp back in September. By contrast Town was fielding nine in the starting line-up from September’s selection.

In an all white strip Town played four at the back with Fry moving into midfield. In a largely uneventful first half Town had the better of the opening exchanges. Gallinagh in particular had lots of room on the right to test the Gosport defence. It was from one of these sorties that Bako found Ahenkorah whose shot was deflected over the bar for a corner. When Grocott’s cross was returned to him his second attempt landed on the Boro crossbar.

It wasn’t until the 26nd minute that Gosport showed any meaningful intent. A long break away run by Ryan Pennery was snuffed out for lack of support. Town was playing a neat, short-passing game but, in truth, with little cutting edge. The half ended with little to enthuse the expectant crowd.

The dynamic of the contest changed dramatically at the start of the second half.
Gallinagh was off with a muscle strain, Fry moved to right back and Marsden came into mid-field. Town pressed from the start and Bako fired over. The pressure built and with the half just 3 minutes old the ball fell to Thomas in the inside left position and he slotted home with authority from ten yards.

For a while Town took charge as they strived to extend their lead before the game declined again into a dull, mid-field battle. There were chances for both sides with the best going to Gosport. On 68 minutes Boro pressed down the left with Sanders and his cross found Matt Mayes close in but he shot wastefully over. In the dying moments of the game (88 miinutes), Craig McAllister fired over from 6 yards and deep into stoppage time substitute Joel Jackson fared no better.

For Town captain Jimmy Fry had an outstanding game with Grocott and Thomas showing good form. Lying 14th next up it’s Hitchin at home (weather permitting) on Tuesday 27 February. For the hosts Hereford at the beginning of March and a crunch tie with Dunstable just round the corner.

• Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus ( On Jimmy Fry’s performance)

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Key moments

49:00
Goal Lee Thomas scores for Stratford Town

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81:00 Sub Off
Edward Wakeley is substituted off for Gosport Borough
81:00 Sub On
Jason Smith is substituted on for Gosport Borough
72:00 Sub Off
Matt Mayes is substituted off for Gosport Borough
72:00 Sub On
Stephane Bombelenga is substituted on for Gosport Borough
72:00 Sub Off
Joseph Lea is substituted off for Gosport Borough
72:00 Sub On
Joel Jackson is substituted on for Gosport Borough
49:00 Assist
Edwin Ahenkorah makes an assist for Stratford Town
49:00 Goal 0 - 1
Lee Thomas scores for Stratford Town
46:00 Sub Off
Andy Gallinagh is substituted off for Stratford Town
46:00 Sub On
Justin Marsden is substituted on for Stratford Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Gosport Borough
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Andy Gallinagh Sub Off 46:00'
  • Justin Marsden Sub On 46:00'
  • Edwin Ahenkorah Assist 49:00'
  • Lee Thomas Goal 49:00'
  • Matt Mayes Sub Off 72:00'
  • Stephane Bombelenga Sub On 72:00'
  • Joseph Lea Sub Off 72:00'
  • Joel Jackson Sub On 72:00'
  • Edward Wakeley Sub Off 81:00'
  • Jason Smith Sub On 81:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Gallinagh, Andy Gallinagh, Andy
Recci, Loyiso Recci, Loyiso
Hancocks, Jamie Hancocks, Jamie
Francis, Liam Francis, Liam
Thomas, Lee Thomas, Lee
Bako, Eli Bako, Eli
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Stephens, Ben Stephens, Ben
Ahenkorah, Edwin Ahenkorah, Edwin
Fry, James Fry, James
Stratford Town
Gosport Borough
  • 1. Mark Childs
  • 2. Edward Sanders
  • 3. Harry Medway
  • 4. Edward Wakeley
  • 5. Robert Flooks
  • 6. Joshua Warren
  • 7. Joseph Lea
  • 8. Jordan Brooks
  • 9. Craig McAllister
  • 10. Matt Mayes
  • 11. Ryan Pennery
  • 12. Harvey Read
  • 13. .
  • 14. Patrick O'Flaherty
  • 15. Joel Jackson
  • 16. Stephane Bombelenga
  • 17. Jason Smith

League round up

Other Premier results

1
1
Kings Langley
Basingstoke Town
1
0
1
0
Redditch United
Bishop's Stortford
4
0
Frome Town
Chesham United
2
0
Kettering Town
Dorchester Town
1
1
Hereford
2
0
Weymouth
Royston Town
P
P
Merthyr Town
Slough Town
2
1
St Neots Town
St Ives Town
2
4
Farnborough
1
0
King's Lynn Town

League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Frome Town 46 61
14. Redditch United 46 55
15. Stratford Town 46 55
16. Biggleswade Town 46 53
17. Merthyr Town 46 53
18. Bishop's Stortford 46 52
19. Dorchester Town 46 51

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