Craig McAllister rued a disastrous start as Gosport Borough crashed to a 4-2 Southern League premier division south defeat at Merthyr Town.

The Privett Park outfit were left with a mountain to climb after conceding three goals in the opening 20 minutes. Tony Lee gave them a lifeline with a 23rd-minute goal.

But Merthyr killed the game off with their fourth on 69 minutes before Tom Leggett snatched a late Borough consolation. McAllister slammed his side’s opening as unacceptable. The player-boss said:

“What happened in the first 20 minutes was not good enough. During that period it looked like men against boys.

“We let ourselves down and we just can’t have that happening. Players lost concentration and we didn’t pick up their forwards in our area.

“On a good 3G pitch we didn’t want to pass the ball and defensively we weren’t at it. We virtually handed them the game.’

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