Wealdstone 1-1 Gosport Borough: Bartlett’s men denied victory after last-gasp equaliser
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 January 2016
For the second time in just 10 days Wealdstone and Gosport Borough served up a 1-1 draw, with a stoppage-time goal from the visitors denying Gordon Bartlett’s men a welcome victory at Grosvenor Vale.
Stones put in an assured high-tempo display, dominating large periods of the game against Gosport, but were left to rue on what could have been after Dan Wooden’s 92-minute suckerpunch silenced the home crowd as they were forced to settle for a mere point.
It was the away side who came out the traps fastest early on in the game, but the first genuine goalscoring opportunity fell to Bartlett’s side, with veteran forward Jefferson Louis fizzing a shot just wide. Louis then turned architect, as his powerful run and subsequent cross was inches away from meeting the onrushing Johnny Wright. It was Bradley Hudson-Odoi who was causing the visitors the most problems though, with the tricky wide man twice going close to opening the deadlock before the interval.
Gosport’s best and only real opportunity of the first period came from a free-kick just before half-time, when Justin Bennett’s free-kick flying just inchers over Sam Howes’ crossbar.
Stones began the second half how they ended the first, duly taking the lead within just seconds of the restart. Hudson-Odoi’s strike took a wicked deflection with Gosport keeper Nathan Ashmore - who up until that point had kept his team in the game - left rooted to the spot as Stones took a deserved lead.
The visitors had Ashmore to thank for keeping them in their game not long after though, as he first stopped a goal-bound header from Louis before denying Jack Smith from close range.
This wasn’t to be the last key moment in the game which involved Ashmore though, with the keeper then very lucky to remain on the field after an off-the-ball incident with Stones frontman Wright.
Ashmore appeared to strike Wright, however officials failed to see the incident. With that in mind it was surprising to say the least that the Gosport No 1 went into the referee’s book, with the home crowd understandably angered and frustrated in the manner it was dealt with.
Their woes were compounded in injury-time as Gosport scored a fortutious equaliser, as Wooden rose highest to get on the end of a cross at the far post to deny Bartlett’s men a first home league in nearly two months. Stones, who lie 16th in the Conference South, travel to Eastbourne Borough next in the league as they look to extend their four-game unbeaten run on the road.
Wealdstone: Howes, McLeod-Urquhart, Smith, Cadmore, Hamblin, Godfrey, Wright, Harriott, Louis, Davies, Hudson-Odoi. Subs used: Ball, Lucien. Subs not used: Parker, McGleish.