Match Data 2006/2007
Gosport Borough 1
Phil Warner (Gregory, 86)
Carl Wilson-Denis (Pacquette, 69)
Dean Holdsworth (Baptiste, 69)
Josh Guise (Findlay, 70)
Havant and Waterlooville came unstuck in the Hampshire Senior Cup third round tonight, going down 1-0 to Gosport Borough at Privett Park. The Hawks dominated the opening of the game but couldn’t convert their chances, and a truly forgettable second half performance followed, remarkable only for the mistake that lead to Bikram Singh’s winning goal.
Borough hoofed clear a poorly taken Hawks free kick, and Michael Warner’s header back toward Gareth Howells brought the keeper scrambling to the edge of the area, where Singh’s oncoming presence caused him to miss the ball entirely and left the striker with an open net.
The Hawks produced an irregular line up for the encounter, but one that on paper showed a clear intent to move on to a quarter final encounter with United Services.
While Gosport showed ability to come forward quickly at the start, it was the Hawks who made he most of the early chances. Carl Wilson-Denis made himself impressively busy, perhaps anxious to catch the eye of Hawks boss Ian Baird, sat watching from the stand.
The visitors’ domination though was without urgency, and the side settled into an easy rhythm with chance after chance that rashly suggested they could score at will.
As the Hawks relaxed though, Gosport looked for more, and Wayne Boud’s right wing running started to bother, with Bikram Singh making several attempts from his crosses.
Michael Warner intercepted a clearance and sent it back toward Brett Poate, who picked the ball up as Kevin Gill stumbled over it for a hard shot fired straight at keeper Mark Brown.
Craig Watkins then came close when he ran at Sam Lockyer with an accurate cross field ball from Poate, but sent his effort rising over the bar.
Singh made his way through to shoot after Neil Sharp made heavy work of clearing the ball, but Gareth Howells was more than equal to his deflected effort.
40 minutes in the visitors were denied a penalty when Gill nicked Holdsworth as the striker tried to latch on to a ball in from Byles, but the referee, witnessing the incident from the reverse angle, gave a free kick the other way.
On the stroke of half time David Waterman head out an excellent cross from Byles, but definitely in experimental mood, the Hawks made nothing of Poate’s corner.
Gosport Borough 0
Havant and Waterlooville 0
As the wind and rain intensified, both sides found it hard to carve out chances, but Lockyer’s free kick early in the second half came nicely to the back post for Josh Guise, who looped his shot onto the bar.
The early control the Hawks had shown evaporated as the half progressed, and Gosport showed themselves to be the harder working and more focused side. A curiously disjointed performance followed, highlighted in the 66th minute as the Hawks turned a golden scoring opportunity into a goal at the other end in seconds.
Poate stepped up to take a trademark free kick from just outside the box on the left, but instead of hammering it into the roof of the net made a dainty tap to his right, where Holdsworth tried instead to curl the ball round the wall. His shot failed, rebounded, and was launched clear to the other end where Michael Warner tried to nod it back to Howells, with Singh bearing down. Howells raced forward, missed the ball on the edge of his area completely, allowing Singh to chase through before turning the ball into an open net from two yards.
In response, the Hawks replaced Holdsworth and Wilson-Denis with Rocky Baptiste and Richard Pacquette.
Borough almost levelled the score themselves when Phil Warner’s long cross met Poate for a header that Waterman turned inches past the foot of his own post.
As the clock wound down things started to look more desperate for the Hawks. Poate’s late free kick found Sharp for a shot angled way over the bar and with Justin Gregory on for Phil Warner at the death, play held up as Byles limped off the pitch clutching his thigh, forcing the visitors to play out their injury time with ten men.