Blues 0 Gosport 2
Two second half Borough goals kept their survival chances alive in a drab and dour contest that saw relegated Stortford’s nightmare run continue having not scored a league goal in over 11 hours’ football.
Kevin Watson’s side had pressed well at the start with Evans Kouassi prominent and Nick Jordan saved at his feet early on whilst his angled volley in the 18th minute was close over the bar.
However, a minute later, the visitors’ Tony Lee struck the underside of the bar from distance and then just before the half-hour mark Josh Carmichael hit the post. Skipper Joe Oastler was also near with a header from an Aaron Dawson free-kick six minutes from the break.
The match drifted uneventfully on the resumption until Gosport took the lead on the hour through a contentious goal netted by Joe Lea after referee Aji Ajibola had originally ruled it out. Lea had an effort saved by Harry Voss ten minutes later and Luke Callander was narrowly wide for the Blues soon after.
The game was becoming very fractious though and in the 78th minute Callander was shown a straight red card following an incident in the Borough six yard box. The match was settled three minutes from time when Carmichael played the ball out to the left to Tony Lee who angled a lob over Voss into the net.
BISHOP’S STORTFORD: Voss, Rodgers, Williams, Taiwo, Adebowale, Purse, Richefond (Kabeya 67), Everitt, Callander, Kouassi, Greene (Sam Ford 46).
Unused substitutes: Rogers, Ronto, Harris.
GOSPORT BOROUGH: Jordan, Sanders, Brice, Dawson, Oastler, Harding, Lea, Carmichael, Lanahan (Suraci 90+2,), Lee, Martin (McCarthy 90).
Unused substitutes: Bailey, Thompson, Watch.