Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea scored his second goal for Gosport Borough on Good Friday, as he helped keep the Hampshire side's hopes of survival alive. The 2-0 win gave them their first away victory for six months, in a serious six-pointer that resulted in Gosport relegating their opponents on the day, with Margate also guaranteed to drop out of the National League South division.
Joe scored the opening goal of the match, which was awarded after a bit of a lengthy debate amongst the officials. Former Glovers youth teamer Sam Lanahan helped set up the goal, which allowed his teammate the chance to put the ball into an empty net, with the big question being whether Lanahan had fouled home keeper Harry Voss in his challenge for the ball. The assistant referee flagged to disallow the goal, but referee Aji Ajibola decided to have a chat with his linesman and after a delay he overruled him and awarded the goal.
Gosport's victory was wrapped up later on when Tony Lee lobbed the goalkeeper from a wide angle. The result leaves Gosport with just three matches to play. They face Oxford City at home on Easter Monday, before travelling to Concord Rangers on the following Saturday. They then complete their season with a home match against Whitehawk on April 29th. Although they still lie in the relegation zone in 20th position, matters are still firmly in their own hands. With Concord just three points ahead of them in 17th place, and Whitehawk a single place and a single point above them, their final two matches will be definite six-pointers.
From a personal point of view, Joe has settled into the Gosport side to become a regular in recent games. Since his return from illness in mid-March, he has played a full 90 minutes in the last six matches, scoring two goals during that time. Yesterday was his 13th appearance for the club since signing on loan in late January.
Gosport Borough: Jordan, Sanders, Brice, Dawson, Oastler, Harding, Lea, Carmichael, Lanahan (Suraci 89), Lee, Martin (McCarthy 90).
Joe Lea's Games for Gosport Borough:
24/01/2017 : East Thurrock United (home) : 90 minutes
28/01/2017 : Maidenhead United (home) : 90 minutes
07/02/2017 : Hampton and Richmond (away) : 90 minutes
11/02/2017 : Dartford (home) : 90 minutes
14/02/2017 : AFC Stoneham (home) : Missed game, ineligible to play in cup competition.
18/02/2017 : Eastbourne Borough (away) : 80 minutes, started
21/02/2017 : Truro City (away) : 45 minutes, started
25/02/2017 : Hemel Hempstead (home) : 90 minutes.
04/03/2017 : Wealdstone (away) : Unused substitute.
07/03/2017 : Porchester (away) : Missed game, ineligible to play in cup competition.
11/03/2017 : Margate (away) : Missed game, illness.
18/03/2017 : St Albans City (home) : 90 minutes, one goal.
21/03/2017 : Bath City (home) : 90 minutes
25/03/2017 : Chelmsford City (away) : 90 minutes
01/04/2017 : Weston-super-Mare (home) : 90 minutes
08/04/2017 : Welling United (away) : 90 minutes
14/04/2017 : Bishops Stortford (away) : 90 minutes, one goal.
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