LiveMATCHNIGHT LIVE - Gosport Borough 2-3 Basingstoke Town

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  • FULL-TIME - Gosport Borough 2-3 Basingstoke Town
  • Town through to Hampshire Senior Cup final after dramatic win at Privett Park.
  • Simon Dunn gives Town the lead on 10 minutes.
  • Kezie Ibe misses penalty but Town awarded another straight away, with Jordace Holder-Spooner doubling the lead right on half-time.
  • Rory Williams pulls Gosport level with goals on 58 and 67 minutes.
  • Robbie Matthews wins it for the visitors in the last minute.


So, whatever happens between now and the end of the season, Town have a cup final at Fratton Park to look forward to. Should be a good day out.

I'm off home. Join me again on Thursday, when it's back to Conference South action with a trip to Farnborough. Games are coming thick and fast at the moment.






9:42pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Matt1991 says

It might not of been pretty i'm personally fuming how that was closer than it should be throwing away a 2 goal lead

but i'm delighted how weve made it to Fratton Park i better get saving for the trip down to Portsmouth


Town are through to the final of the Hampshire Senior Cup at Fratton Park at the end of the season after a dramatic, last-gasp victory.

Not a fantastic performance but the result is all that counts in the end.

Reaction to follow.


Gosport Borough 2-3 Basingstoke Town


90 - Soares is in space but fires wide.


Basingstoke Town - Nathan Smart and Manny Williams on for Ross Adams and Kezie Ibe (90+1)


Gosport Borough 2-3 Basingstoke Town - Robbie Matthews (90)

This should be a dramatic winner as we go into three minutes of added time. Town had been on the back foot but all of a sudden ROBBIE MATTHEWS is clean through. He rounds Barfoot and slots into the empty net.


89 - Town were really stretched there and only a heavy touch from Wilde prevented a clear chance.


88 - Poate just about manages to stop Ibe getting a run on goal.


86 - Important challenge from Rice to prevent Wilde getting a clear sight of goal.


85 - Gosney's cross from the left causes problems. There's a scramble in front of the goal and Town just about manage to clear their lines.


84 - A sticky moment as Wells slips, but he manages to gather the ball in front of Gosney.


80 - A fine pass from Dunn puts Soares away. His ball across the area doesn't pick out a team-mate, but a good run from Dunn ends with a important block.


79 - Green lets fly from distance but it's too close to Barfoot in the home goal.


Basingstoke Town - Louie Soares on for Neil Barrett

Gosport Borough - Tom Dunford on for Rory Williams (78)


Looks like Louie Soares is about to come on for Town.


73 - Dunn tries to put Matthews through, but the flag is up for offside.



69 - Sam Pearce gets up to meet a high cross but can only head wide.


68 - Big challenge from Rice to stop Williams getting another shot away. He could have had his hat-trick there.


Gosport Borough 2-2 Basingstoke Town - Rory Williams (67)

The ball is stabbed back to RORY WILLIAMS on the edge of the area and his low shot finds the bottom corner.

That's the second time in two games that Town have thrown away a two-goal lead.


64 - Better from Town as Holder-Spooner's strong run ends with a low shot that was curling in until Barfoot made a good save.


62 - It's been a good few minutes for the hosts, with a couple of half-chances just passing them by. Wilde has a blast from distance but it is well over.


Gosport Borough 1-2 Basingstoke Town - Rory Williams (58)

Ibe fails to make the most of a promising break and the visitors are punished immediately. A hopeful ball forward finds RORY WILLIAMS and he does well to sidestep a couple of defenders before firing low past Wells.


56 - Important interception from Green to stop Williams getting on the end of Wooden's clever flick.


52 - Simon Dunn is down following a heavy collision with Brett Poate. Looks like he should be okay, which is good news because he's been Town's best player tonight.


Been a bit of a slow start to the second half. Gosport are enjoying a bit of territory, but Town look dangerous on the break.


That substitution was a bit of a surprise. Sills is carrying an injury but he was a threat in the first half. Woodward has gone to left-back, with Rory Williams going into the attack.


Town get the second half under way.


Gosport Borough - Dan Woodward on for Tim Sills (45)


Mike Gosney has been a big threat down the Town left. He's getting time, with Green getting well forward and the midfield not always moving across quickly enough.


The Town players emerge for the second half.


Town have one foot in the Hampshire Senior Cup final - but it's not been plain sailing. Gosport have caused them problems, while both of the penalties awarded at the end of the half were soft.


Gosport Borough 0-2 Basingstoke Town


Gosport Borough 0-2 Basingstoke Town - Jordace Holder-Spooner pen (45)

JORDACE HOLDER-SPOONER takes it this time and while Barfoot goes the right way, it's a good penalty, low and into the corner of the net.


45 - Kezie Ibe is brought down and Town have a penalty. Ibe takes it but Barfoot makes the save. He does even better to keep out Holder-Spooner's follow-up but Sam Pearce is then penalised for a foul and Town have a second penalty.


There will be one minute of added time at the end of the half.


42 - Dunn feeds Ibe down the left but he is unable to get a shot away and the chance is snuffed out.


41 - Sills turns well in the area but gets right under that shot, the ball soaring miles over.


38 - Brown lets fly from distance but it's well wide of Wells' goal.


35 - Ibe lets fly from the corner of the area, but that was ambitious and it's well wide.


32 - Important interception from Rice to stop Jamie Brown getting on the end of Sills' low ball in. Gosney then nearly links up with Wooden.


31 - Ryan Scott lets fly from just outside the area but it's well wide.


29 - Holder-Spooner is away, but the flag is up for offside.


28 - A cross from the right finds Matthews but that's a poor header. Well wide.


27 - Rice lets fly from distance but I think that was further away than it looked.


26 - That's a good ball in towards Matthews, but he did nothing with that header. Seemed to get caught between heading at goal and nodding it down.


24 - That's a massive chance for the hosts. A simple ball forward was flicked on by Sills and with the offside flag staying down, Wooden was through on goal. Wells made himself big but Wooden should have done better, side footing wide of the far post.


Jason Bristow is imploring his players, telling them to 'wake up'. Gosport are an old-fashioned side. They are pretty direct and look to get the ball out wide, with crosses going in to the box whenever possible.


19 - Gosport are having a decent spell. A cross just evades Dan Wooden.


13 - It's end to end stuff and that's another chance for Gosney. A low ball across the box found him in space but Ross Adams made a vital and brave block.


11 - Almost an instant response from Gosport, with Louis Wells making a brilliant save to keep out Mike Gosney's header from Wilde's cross.


Gosport Borough 0-1 Basingstoke Town - Simon Dunn (10)

That's a great finish. Gosport were unable to clear their lines and the ball broke to SIMON DUNN about 15 yards out. It's on his weaker right foot but he's able to curl a fine shot into the top corner to open the scoring.


9 - Rice does well to block Adam Wilde's shot from the edge of the area, making up some ground, while a cross from the left just evaded Dan Wooden.


Town are playing 4-3-3. Matthews is the point of the attack, supported by Holder-Spooner and Ibe from the wings, while Dunn has made a good start getting forward from midfield.


4 - Gosport only half-clear the resulting corner and Simon Dunn's shot from the edge of the area forces Gareth Barfoot into the first save of the evening. Pretty comfortable, but he had to dive and it went though a few legs.


3 - Half-chances at either end. Tim Sills nearly gets on the end of a long ball forward, while Holder-Spooner's shot was blocked at the other end.


Gosport get the game under way.


The players make their way out ahead of the match.


There were just under 3000 people here for the second leg of the FA Trophy semi-final last weekend. Not sure there will be more than five percent of that number here for this semi.

The final will be played at Fratton Park though, with Havant awaiting the winners after beating AFC Portchester last night.


The players have just left the field to go through their final preparations.


Looks like it will be 4-3-3 for Town, with Holder-Spooner, Ibe and Matthews the front three. I'll let you know when we get under way.


The pitch is heavily sanded in a number of areas and probably won't suit Town's passing game. Don't expect a brilliant game.



Gosport Borough: Barfoot, Molyneaux, Williams, Brown, Poate, Pearce, Gosney, Scott, Sills, Wooden, Wilde. Subs: Woodward, Igoe, Smith, Dunford, Ashmore.

Basingstoke Town: Wells, Rice, Green, Dunn, Adams, Ray, Holder-Spooner, Jenkinson, Matthews, Ibe, Barrett. Subs: Smart, Williams, Soares, Maylen, Debattista.



A few changes to the Town side that drew with Maidenhead on Saturday. Nathan Smart, Jay Gasson, Wes Daly, Louie Soares and Manny Williams all drop out, with Rob Rice, Ross Adams, Robbie Matthews, Kezie Ibe and Neil Barrett coming in.

Gosport have named a strong team including former Town striker Tim Sills, who scored all three goals as the hosts beat Havant and Waterlooville 3-1 on aggregate to reach the final of the FA Trophy.


Good evening and welcome to live text coverage from Privett Park, where Gosport Borough are hosting Basingstoke Town in the semi-finals of the Hampshire Senior Cup.

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9:42pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Matt1991 says...

It might not of been pretty i'm personally fuming how that was closer than it should be throwing away a 2 goal lead

but i'm delighted how weve made it to Fratton Park i better get saving for the trip down to Portsmouth
It might not of been pretty i'm personally fuming how that was closer than it should be throwing away a 2 goal lead but i'm delighted how weve made it to Fratton Park i better get saving for the trip down to Portsmouth Matt1991
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