Monday 7th November 2011 ko 7.45pm
Russell Cotes Cup 2nd Round
GOSPORT BOROUGH 3 (Norton 75 E Martin 90p 120)
FAREHAM TOWN 3 (Tambling 20 77 Kessack 100) Pittman sent off 102 (2nd booking)
Gosport won 5-4 on (sudden death) penalties
Badge sold out
Bobby Robson autobiography £3
Chips £1 (with inferior chilli sauce to that at Cams Alders)
So, why attend a game in an obscure cup competition and find yourself listening to the home team’s rested star player on 5live as you park up at the ground (Steve Claridge)? Because the two clubs are around 4.5 miles apart, and there’s history…..
Fareham fans refer to the fact that much of this south coast town was built by Turkish prisoners-of-war following the First World War. Certainly there’s a massive difference in atmosphere as you cross from one town to the other. Fareham is, as their fans sing is full of car parks and estate agents, while the main sight in Gosport is the massive naval base HMS Sultan.
Tucked away beyond is Privett Park, and what a gem it is. A wooden pitched roof stand, topped with old style tannoy speakers, and a modern stand opposite. Beyond the ground glowing in the distance is Portsmouth’s Spinnaker tower. Within the ground there’s also a decent club shop and the cafe was both efficient and the fare tasty. Yes, I’d waited far too long to tick this one off. In fact, I’d waited around 10 years. I’d had a season where I’d seen virtually every Oxford United game, and so when I didn’t appear at a pre-season friendly at Privett Park, I got several phone calls asking where on earth I was. The answer? Hampden Park watching Queens Park play Montrose! I was in Glasgow on holiday!
Tonights game was a classic and poor Splodge and the Fareham fans will wonder how on earth they lost this one. The led for much of the game only to concede a soft penalty in the final minute. So, extra time, and Fareham again led until the final minute even with 10 men after Robbie Pittman’s dismissal, when once again they conceded. Worse still was to follow. Captain Lee Molyneaux missed for Gosport, then both sides scored in sequence until Tom Winzar had the 10th penalty to win the tie for Fareham; he missed. Its was left for Sam Martin to score and Ashley Tattersall to miss for Gosport to win a marathon by a short head. Breathless stuff!
As a postscript, I did tell the Fareham fans that Lee Molyneaux is a former Oxford United player, his face when the “Oxford Reject” chant started up was priceless!