Wealdstone six unbeaten with comeback success over Gosport Borough
PUBLISHED: 15:07 06 March 2017
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Wealdstone came from behind to defeat 10-man Gosport Borough and stretch their current unbeaten run in the Vanarama National League South to six.
The last four of those games have been victories too and have been enough to push Stones into the top-10 of the division.
The play-offs seem unlikely, with a 13-point gap and just 11 games to go, but if this run continues, they are going to be a lot closer than that by the end of the season.
Goals from Ricky Wellard and Aryan Tajbakhsh on Saturday at Grosvenor Vale were enough to cancel out Aaron Dawson’s early strike and bring the three points.
Gosport started well and took the lead on seven minutes after Josh Carmichael had squeezed a shot through Jonathan North’s legs.
It took Stones 30 minutes to mount any real response when Tajbakhsh stung the palms of Nick Jordan.
They did level 30 seconds later when Ricky Wellard’s powerful strike took a slight deflection off Charlie Wassmer to loop over his team-mate in goal.
And shortly after that, Tajbakhsh nicked a deserved goal when Joe White turned Wassmer wonderfully well and played his fellow loanee through on goal and the Crawley man dinked the easiest of finishes over Jordan.
White’s hold up play had been perfect all game and the striker almost got a deserved goal when he held the ball up, took on Joe Oastler and unleashed a shot toward goal only for Jordan to tip it round the post.
Gosport’s task was hugely increased when they were reduced to 10 men towards the end of the second half when Tom Bird brought down Tajbakhsh.
Wealdstone always looked like scoring throughout the half with Wellard spurning three similar chances to increase his tally.
Danny Green also missed two good opportunities. Wellard flicked a ball over the top which Green controlled expertly only to hit his shot over the bar, and another in stoppage time which he drilled wide from the edge of the area.
But with the score line as close as it was Gosport always had a chance to steal a precious point despite rarely looking like threatening North’s goal.
Ben Wright had their best chance deep into stoppage time when he flicked a desperate effort over the bar from a corner.
A half-chance if anything but it certainly had hearts in mouths for the home fans.
Wealdstone: North, Oshodi, Brown, Mavila, Hamblin, Godfrey, Green, Cox, White (Walker 86), Wellard, Tajbakhsh (Wright 83)
Subs (not used): Parker, Koroma, McGleish