Gosport Borough FC 1 Bracknell Town FC 2By Darrell Freeland
March 12, 2009
With Bracknell Town FC six points from safety, the players delivered a much-needed win at Gosport Borough FC.
Bracknell boss Byron Walton set his side up to negate the hosts strong wingers, and were forced to play high balls through the middle where the Robins’ big men were waiting.
The tireless effort of the front trio of Carl Lucas, Ian Harvey and Leon Solomon posed problems as they ran their socks off with Lucas drawing a fine save from goalkeeper Nick Hutchings in the fourth minute from Adrian Smith’s cross.
The rest of first half was fairly bereft of chances with the sides cancelling each other out, although the home side saw Justin Bennett fire at Max Aneke while Graham Lindsay shot across goal.
For Bracknell, Harvey’s sweeping pass from the left touchline out to the right picked out Solomon who cut inside the full back but could not beat Hutchings from 20 yards as the half finished goalless.
Gosport started the second half very brightly and opened the scoring in the 52nd minute as Nathan Kirby curled in his magnificent strike from 20 yards with Aneke unsighted.
With the game coming to life, Harvey saw two shots charged down while Bennett’s flicked header almost doubled the lead.
Bracknell, though, drew level in the 66th minute thanks to Ben Clisby's tremendous goal.
Youngster Clisby – in only his second game – picked the ball up on the left edge of the area, went outside Gavin Jones and from what looked an impossible angle, struck a right-foot shot which beat the goalkeeper and went in off the post.
The winner was scored in the 80th minute following a free-kick as the imposing figures of Chris Geary and Dave Stevens were sent up from the back and as the free-kick came in, Geary touched the ball to Stevens who picked his spot from 12 yards.
Borough threw everything at Bracknell in the remaining 10 minutes, but they continued their excellent work rate to nullify the attacking threat of the home side and claim a vital win, sending the players and travelling faithful into raptures.
It is now much tighter at the bottom of the table with the trip to play Slough on Saturday (kick off 3pm) before the massive game away at basement side Winchester City on Tuesday evening.
Bracknell Town: Aneke, Smith, Walsh, Stevens, Buck, Geary, Norman, Clisby, Harvey, Lucas, Solomon. Subs not used: Spencer, Rakowski.