A windy afternoon at Privett Park made conditions difficult but the hosts adapted quickest and made an early breakthrough after just four minutes, a Rory Williams cross finding Sam Argent who set up the unmarked Theo Lewis for a simple tap in. The rest of a forgettable first half saw few opportunities at either end, but Town finally began to find their feet after the break. However, an equaliser proved elusive and their task was made that much harder just past the hour when midfielder Ollie Chamberlain was dismissed for his second yellow card.
Gosport took advantage and extended their lead after 66 minutes when Argent fed George Barker to slot the ball round Lloyd Irish at his near post. Andrew Neal latched onto Ed Palmer’s clearance but unluckily saw his effort hit the post eight minutes from time as the Peacocks continued searching before the home side rubbed salt in the wound in the 90th minute when Argent squared to Marley Ridge and he curled in the third goal from 15 yards.
The defeat was Town’s heaviest on an opening day since they lost by the same scoreline at home to Stourbridge in 1981 so they will be looking to bounce back when they play their first home league game of the season on Wednesday evening when Yate Town visit the Cygnet Health Care Stadium.