Taunton completed the double over their Hampshire opponents but it was anything but straightforward. In fact Gosport went ahead in the first minute when a free kick by Patrick Suraci was headed in by Samuel Lanahan. It could have been worse for the home side just two minutes later but Ryan Pennery’s shot was cleared off the line by Keith Emmerson.
Taunton eventually settled down and a shot after 8 minutes by top scorer Andrew Neal was well saved by visiting keeper Pat O’Flaherty. Six minutes later the equalizer came and it was courtesy of a well drilled left foot shot by Lewis Hall, who had also scored at Gosport earlier in the season.
Gosport came back and another Suraci free kick led to a header by Matthew Weaire which was wel saved by Chandler Hallett, making his final appearance for the club before returning to Colchester United.
Both sides continued to attack and Taunton defender Ben Adelsbury was unlucky to see his 31st minute header from skipper Ryan Brett’s free kick hit the crossbar. Brett had better luck with a free kick in first half injury time when it went straight into the net – Brett was unlucky with a similar effort just a minute later when O’Flaherty was able to make a save.
The second half did not have so many chances but Ollie Chamberlain increased Taunton’s lead after 66 minutes with a scissor kick which gave O’Flaherty no chance.
Taunton’s first choice keeper Lloyd Irish replaced Hallett at half time and he nearly made a name for himself by saving Pennery’s injury time penalty but despite going the right way he was unable to keep it out.
The final whistle blew shortly afterwards so the visitors were unable to equalize.
Match: Taunton Town v Gosport Borough
Date: January 19, 2019
Competition: Evo Stik League | Southern Premier
Venue: Viridor Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Match Sponsor: Berrys Coaches
Match Ball Sponsor: Cotford Car Sales
Taunton: Chandler Hallett (Lloyd Irish 45), Pierce Mitchell (Shane White 76), Lewis Hall, Ben Adelsbury, Ed Palmer,. Matt Buse, Ollie Chamberlain, Ryan Brett (captain), Keith Emmerson, Dan Sullivan (Matt Wright 86), Andrew Neal. Subs not used – Craig Veal, Josh Nelmes.
Gosport: Patrick O’Flaherty, Joseph Lea, Alex Lafleur, Harry Medway, Matthew Weaire, George Bennett, George Barker, (Matthew Tubbs 78), Charlie Davis (captain), Samuel Lanahan, (Tony Lee 66), Ryan Pennery, Patrick Suraci, Subs not used – Matthew Casey, Jordan Brooks, Joseph Byrne.
Referee: Steven Annis (Penzance)
Referee’s Assistant 1: James Long (Camborne)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Derek Hughes (Penzance)