No Fratton Park trip for Boro’

For the second meeting of the Borough’s in three days, this time in the Semi-Final of the HSC Cup, the home Boro’ fielded Ashley West in goal, Adam Brice returning from injury and Roman Michael-Percil, started on the left wing.

With a bench of just three, Cox, Chambers and Fearn, the notable absentee was Louie Theophanous.

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Boro’ got the game under way at 7.48 p.m. playing towards the PRE.

Both sides spent the opening few minutes trying to find some rhythm and the only threat came in the 5th minute when a 25 yarder from Phil Page flew just wide.

The visitors appeared to settle first and opened the scoring after 8 minutes. Adam Wilde running in from the right firing a good shot across West into the far corner after 8 minutes. Farnborough 0-1 Gosport Borough.

The next twenty minutes saw both teams enjoy a good deal of possession with very few real threats on either goal.

Carter ran unchallenged into the Boro’ area but his final effort was put out for a corner which was cleared.

Nurse made a great 50 yard cross field pass to put Michael-Percil away down the left, but the Gosport defence were quick to spot the danger and deal with it.

Harry Grant made a sloppy pass in midfield which almost ended with a second goal for the visitors.

Ramsey was wide of the target with a 30 yard free kick, then both keepers were in action to claim high balls into their area.

Boro’ gained possession on the edge of the Gosport area, but first Culley and then Michael-Percil missed opportunities to shoot and Gosport cleared.

Roman-Percil streaked down the left and cut into the area, but his shot was blocked out for a corner. Shortly after, another cross from the left was handled in the box and Referee Gary Parsons had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Duncan Culley stepped up and beat Ashmore with a crisp shot into the corner to the keeper’s left on 37 minutes. Farnborough 1-1 Gosport Borough.

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Striker Duncan Culley nets the equaliser from the spot

The equaliser appeared to give Boro a shot in the arm and they began to look more confident and move the ball about with greater accuracy.

However, they were only able to muster one direct shot on goal, when Grant met a cross from Michael-Percil, which drew a good save from Ashmore.

Just before the half time whistle, West made a good diving save from a fierce attempt by Ramsey and skipper Sam Pearce, headed over from the corner.

One minute of additional time.

Half Time: Farnborough 1-1 Gosport Borough

A fairly even half, but for the first 30 minutes, the visitors were a yard quicker and passed the ball more accurately.

Boro’ conceded possession too often and this was not helped by some sloppy passing at times. However, they did show improvement after the equaliser and finished the half looking much brighter.

The second period commenced at 8.48 p.m. and both sides had good moves in the opening few minutes.

Roman-Percil, weaved his way into the area showing good close control, but the lino felt the ball had crossed the line and gave a goal kick.

When Gosport counter attacked at speed, the Referee’s Assistant, Paula Wyatt, correctly flagged, with two forwards off-side.

Has anyone got any ideas for a p.c. colloquial term for a female Assistant? What about “Lina” as opposed to Lino.

When Gosport were awarded a free kick in a central position about 25 yards out, Adam Wilde curled a left footer over the wall and into the right corner, for his second of the game, giving West little chance on 53 minutes. Farnborough 1-2 Gosport Borough.

For best part of 20 minutes, play was very much end to end stuff with few real 24 carat chances.

Poate was booked for a cynical trip on Dan Bennett when the tricky number 7 looked like breaking away down the centre.

Ramsey chested down a pass and shot for goal, but the only danger was to a knot of supporters half way up the PRE.

Michael-Percil crossed well and Jamie Hand met it well, but shot past the post.

Another Gosport free kick was less successful than earlier, with Ramsey seeing his effort cleared.

When Michael-Percil was booked for a challenge on the edge of the penalty area, Sam Pearce was quickest to react and headed home from close range on 72 minutes. Farnborough 1-3 Gosport Borough.

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Sam Pearce celebrates after netting his sides third goal of the evening

The visitor’s made two subs in quick succession, Poate making way for Forbes on 75 minutes, then Dunford replaced Paterson on 81 minutes.

Dan Bennett was booked (something he said ?) after Page had been fouled and required treatment.

Boro’ then made a triple substitution on 83 minutes. Phil Page, Roman Michael-Percil and Adam Brice, were replaced by, Nathan Chambers, CJ Fearn and Simon Cox.

Chambers had a shot within a minute of coming on which was wide of the mark and Dan Bennett shaved the post with another.

Gosport made their final substitution on 87 minutes, Matthew Benham replacing Andy Robinson.

In the remaining time plus three added minutes, Justin Bennett headed wide from a corner.

With the game out of their reach, Boro’ pushed forward to salvage a bit of pride and in the dying seconds had several opportunities to shoot, but continued to pass the ball square across the edge of the area.

FULL TIME: Farnborough 1-3 Gosport Borough

If truth be told, we didn’t run them as close as we had on Saturday. Gosport are an experienced side, fairly robust and were often a yard faster than Boro’.

They made the most of these advantages and fully deserved to progress to the final.

Boro’ tried hard enough against a top four side and must now regroup for the visit of Staines Town on Saturday.

With Staines virtually down and games coming up against Bishops Stortford and Hayes & Yeading, we must do everything possible to grab maximum points from these teams around us.

Let’s get behind the lads starting on Saturday and let them know we are behind them.

Match Report by Tony Duff.

Next up for Farnborough: Saturday 7 March (KO 3pm), Staines Town (home).

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Good luck to Gosport Borough in the Final!


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