Charlton Park suffered disappointment last Saturday when a last minute penalty kicked by Gosport deprived them of what would have been a well merited draw.
From the kick off Charlton showed a competitive edge to their play, which had not been evident in their previous matches and having weathered the initial Gosport pressure they began to play with some form and purpose. It was Charlton that had the first scoring opportunity but the decision to to run a penalty proved to be wrong as Gosport nullified the threat.
Despite the steadily deteriorating weather conditions and poor footing both sides were intent on attacking and it was Charlton who finally opened the scoring when following aggressive counter rucking the ball popped out into the open and Lee Amzaleg was the quickest to respond as he picked the ball up and proceeded to outstrip the Gosport defence to score the opening try. both sides trying to attack by running op
With their forwards competing well when Charlton were awarded a penalty for a high tackle they opted to kick for field position and when the ball had bee mauled over the Gosport goal line Ally McQuitty touched the ball down for the second try of the game. Fly half Alex Miller kicked a difficult conversion to give Charlton a useful lead.
Despite Charlton’s good play Gosport were still competing well and they were next to score when following a lineout, they proceeded to show they ball handling skills as they took the ball through multiple phases of play before they created an overlap enabling them to post their first points of the game when they scored a try.
Miller extended Charlton’s lead with a 40-metre-long range penalty from just inside the Gosport half of the pitch before Charlton third try of the half scored by McQuitty following a driving maul from a lineout and Miller added to his points tally with a second conversion which hit the posts and dipped over the cross bar.
The second half saw a reversal in Charlton’s fortunes as Gosport utilised their local knowledge of the pitch and the weather changing in their favour to mount a spirited revival aided by the referee’s perception of Charlton’s play. Gosport began to reduce the points differential when following a driving maul ton which saw them add to their points tally with a converted try and then level the scores with a slightly controversial penalty try.
With the result of the match vital to both club’s fortunes Gosport attacked at every opportunity but Charlton’s defensive quality together with their team spirit ensured the result was in doubt until the last play of the game. It was in the last minutes of the game Gosport were awarded a penalty their kicker kept his nerve and with the last kick off the match scored the vital points to consign Charlton to another loss.