Taunton achieved their first ever win at Privett Park and in doing so, along with Weymouth’s unexpected defeat at Kings Langley, the Peacocks went top, at least for a few days.
The home side created some chances early on but failed to trouble visiting keeper Lloyd Irish. Taunton began to play the ball around and the opening goal arrived after 20 minutes when a Pierce Mitchell cross allowed Lewis Hall the opportunity to score his first goal for the club and he made no mistake with a well taken shot.
The first half was almost at an end when a Dan Sullivan shot went in off Andrew Neal but the offside flag was raised and the goal was disallowed.
Taunton continued to attack early in the second half and just three minutes after the break Andrew Neal had a shot well saved by home keeper Pat O’Flaherty and from the resulting Ryan Brett corner Ed Palmer’s header hit the post denying the big centre back his first goal since returning to the club earlier this month.
A second goal looked inevitable and it arrived after 59 minutes courtesy of a run and shot by Dan Sullivan into the bottom corner.
Three minutes later a Pierce Mitchell shot was saved by O’Flaherty – from then on it was a question of holding on for the points.
Gosport did pull a goal back in injury time when a cross by Craig McAllister was turned in by substitute Ryan Pennery but they were unable to force an equalizer so another three points were heading towards the Viridor Stadium.
News came through shortly afterwards that leaders Weymouth had lost which meant that the Peacocks went to the League summit – a draw between Salisbury and Weymouth on Tuesday night will mean the stay at the top is extended.
Match: Gosport Borough v Taunton Town
Date: November 17, 2018
Competition: Evo Stik League | Southern Premier
Venue: Privett Park
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Gosport: Patrick O’Flaherty, Tony Lee (captain) (Connor Hoare 76), Ryan Case, Matthew Weaire, Sam Roberts, Joe Byrne (Matt Casey 90+3), David Jerrard, James Harper, Craig McAllister, Matt Tubbs (Ryan Pennery 65), Patrick Suraci. Subs not used – Jordan Brooks, Alex Lafleur.
Taunton: Lloyd Irish, Pierce Mitchell, Lewis Hall, Ben Adelsbury, Ed Palmer, Matt Buse, Shane White (captain), Ryan Brett, Dan Sullivan, Craig Veal (Josh Nelmes 79), Andrew Neal. Subs not used – Brett Trowbridge, Keith Emmerson.
Referee: Jonathan Creswick (West Byfleet)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Nigel Owen (East Molesey)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Luis Nunes (Kingston upon Thames)