Parkway show their metal to earn a point

Gosport Borough v Parkway | Match Report

Playing their first game since Boxing Day Parkway travelled to 4th placed Gosport Borough with a depleted squad but looking to extend their unbeaten league run to 6 games. Due to injury, illness and unavailability, 4 enforced changes were made with Alex Cairo, Rio Garside, Reece Thomson and Callum Rose replacing Ryan Lane, Oscar Halls, Mikey Williams and Jack Bray-Evans. Teddy Hobbs and Freddie Chapman from the under 18’s, both untried and untested at this level, were named among the 4 substitutes with Rose assuming the captains role and a couple of players having to start in unfamiliar positions.


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Graham Lloyd

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The game got off to a lively start with Parkway forcing an early corner with the ball being cleared to Garside who was just unable to get his shot away. The hosts responded on 4 minutes with a neat build up with Danny Hollands shooting narrowly wide. Play continued to flow with both sides looking to create openings with Callum Hall doing well to win the ball in midfield and release Thomson whose cross was well gathered by home keeper Toby Steward on loan from Portsmouth and who is said to be is highly rated by them.

Gosport began to dominate the midfield exchanges switching the play with long diagonal balls to the flanks with Billie Busari wide on the left looking particularly threatening. Parkway however continued to compete and battle well with neither side able to create any clear chances and defences generally remaining in control.

On 22 minutes a Gosport break along the left saw Adam Parkes do well to gather a dangerous cross with some assured handling. Cameron Sangster looking comfortable in possession in the Parkway midfield was seeing plenty of the ball, reading situations well and breaking up play. On 27 minutes he released Thomson along the right who did well to get a cross in from the bye line with Steward gathering well. With the game continuing to ebb and flow Parkway then had a period in the ascendancy. On 28 minutes Jack Crago went clear along the left crossing to Tom Purrington whose shot from around 18 yards was blocked with Purrington pouncing on the loose ball and seeing his second effort also blocked for a corner from which he was again in the action but firing well over on this occasion.

The game continued at a high tempo but still with few chances being created and on 34 minutes a deep cross from the Gosport right flew narrowly wide of the far post. On 35 minutes Parkway suffered a blow with Sangster unable to continue due to injury with Matt Wright replacing him forcing a slight formation change.

Gosport began to dominate the latter stages of the half and on 36 minutes Parkway conceded possession in midfield allowing Busari a run forward and get a shot away with Parkes saving well low down. On 39 minutes with the pressure increasing Gosport forced a corner on the right with a header rattling against the cross bar with the follow up header being well saved by Parkes. The deadlock was broken on 41 minutes with again Parkway conceding in midfield and the ball being played forward with Dan Wooden battling his way past Rose to slot home into the bottom corner from just inside the 18 yard area giving Parkes no chance.

Despite the setback Parkway continued to battle hard and drew level in the final minute of the 3 added. A swift build up along the left saw Toby Down’s cross fly well over. From the resultant goal kick Parkway won possession in midfield with the ball played to Crago wide on the left who showing an excellent first touch and close control fired a rasping angled drive from around 25 yards into the top right hand corner past the despairing dive of Steward.

A fairly even half with neither side able to totally dominate midfield or gain complete control. With defences generally remaining solid, few chances were created until the final few minutes with the teams going in at the break all square just about a fair reflection.



Gosport started the second half with intensity and on 48 minutes broke along the right with a cross only finding the side netting. The next attack resulted in a scramble at the near post which resulted in a corner from which Down did well to block a shot for another corner. Gosport continued to apply pressure with Parkway finding it difficult to get out of their own half with a Gosport long range effort flying narrowly wide on 53 minutes.

The hosts made their first change on 54 minutes Harvey Rew replacing Alex Barsa. Gosport continued to dominate possession creating chances with Joe Morrison glancing a header narrowly wide from another corner on 56 minutes. Parkway continued to defend bravely as the hosts pressure intensified and on the hour Parkes saved well from Morrison’s snapshot.

With play being confined totally to the Parkway half and the hosts continuing to threaten, further shots were blocked and cleared away with the Parkway goal bearing a charmed lifewith Rose recovering superbly to clear one effort off the line.

On 65 minutes a long range effort from Hollands clipped the top of the bar and dropped behind for a relieving goal kick. On 68 minutes a cross from the Gosport right saw Parkes claw away a close range header at full stretch and he was called into action again shortly after by superbly tipping a close rangeheader from Rew over the bar.

Parkway continued to come under pressure but with everyone constantly behind the ball, the defence held firm to somehow keep the score level. Gosport continued in the ascendancy with their main point of attack coming down the left with Busaria constant threat with his pace and trickery. Despite this, Parkway continued to battle, compete determinedly and defend in numbers.

On 70 minutes a rare Parkway counter attack into the Gosport half saw Hall go clear along the left and win a free kick with Wright winning a back post header with Rose heading the looping ball narrowly over from around 6 yards. Gosport made their second change on 72 minutes with Lucas Vine replacing Jake Scrimshaw.

Gosport continued to press high and on 80 minutes Parkes again saved well with his feet from Busari’s shot low to the near post. With Parkway continuing to hold firm under considerable pressure they managed to mount a counter attack on 83 minutes with Wright and Thomson linking well to set up Crago who shot narrowly wide from around 20 yards.

On 86 minutes Gosport then saw a long range effort drop on to the roof of the net as they continued to pressurise the Parkway goal and look to prise an opening. Gosport made their final change on 87 minutes with Antonio Diaz replacing Sam Hookey.

Entering the final stages of the game Gosport continued to press with Parkway still holding firm under pressure and in the 3 minutes of added time created an opportunity to almost steal the game themselves.

Wright did well to win a long ball wide on the right and cut in with his angled shot being pushed behind for a corner by Steward at his near post from which Shane White’s header was comfortably gathered by the keeper.

After an even first half of few chances, Gosport dominated the second creating numerous chances but a battling, faultless, backs to the wall defensive display, some inspired goalkeeping and a slice of lady luck enabled Parkway to leave with a hard earned but ultimately well deserved point against a good footballing side.

Other results on the day sees little change in league positions with Parkway remaining in 16th place with many teams in and around them also picking up valuable points.

A word on the referee who controlled a very competitive, at times tense, game in a calm, measured, unfussy and effective manner with not a single caution being issued and a quiet word here and there in the right direction seeming to suffice.

Parkway return to action on Wednesday with the rearranged Devon Challenge Bowl quarter final at step 4 Willand Rovers after mutually agreeing to switch the tie to Willand. They return to Bolitho Park on Saturday with 5th placed Hungerford Town the visitors.

Match Info


Gosport Borough

1 Steward, 2 Kavanagh, 19 Hollands, 4 Jordan, 15 Morrison, 14 Busari, 7 Tarbuck, 20 Barsa(Rew 54), 9 Wooden ©, 12 Hookey (Diaz 87), 11 Scrimshaw (Vine 72)


18 Ramos (unused), 17 Vine, 16 Sharp (unused), 10 Diaz, 8 Rew.

Plymouth Parkway

1 Parkes, 2 Cairo, 3 Hall, 4 White, 5 Rose ©, 6 Down, 7 Purrington, 8 Sangster (injury Wright 35), 9 Thomson, 10 Garside, 11 Crago


12 T Hobbs (unused), 14 Chapman (unused), 16 Lane (unused), 17 Wright

Attendance: 726 (25 away)

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