Gosport Borough recorded only their second home win in the league all season as they powered past Kettering Town.
Alex Pike’s Borough showed the rock-bottom visitors no mercy as they thumped their Privett Park visitors 7-0, with Justin Bennett helping himself to a hat-trick.
Borough opened well in the heavy rain and it took a fine save from Kettering keeper Nlate to deny Tom Dunford from opening the scoring with a shot that looked destined for the back of the net.
Sammy Igoe’s prompting in midfield was an early feature for Borough, who looked firm favourites to earn a well-earned victory, such was the gulf in ability and quality in the two sides.
On 20 minutes, Igoe burst free from midfield to set up Ellis Martin, whose vicious left-footed drive went just wide – as did a Bennett effort moments later.
With pools of water now appearing on the Privett Park pitch, Borough’s Luke King saw a shot fizz across the surface to bring a full-length save from Nlate.
And from the resulting corner, taken by Igoe, Dunford raced in to toe-poke the ball into the back of the net to give Borough a deserved lead.
As conditions deteriorated even further, and with the interval in sight, the home side made the most of them as Bennett took on the Kettering defence single-handed before going free and slamming his side further ahead.
As the second half got under way, and with the heavy rain now just a drizzle, Borough cheered their saturated fans up with two goals in a 60-second spell – Igoe setting up Wooden for a simple tap-in, before Bennett followed suit with a fourth from an acute angle
With the match effectively won, Borough made a couple of changes, with Igoe and Wylde making way for Dan Woodward and debutant Sam Wilson.
And four became five on 59 minutes thanks to Dunford’s inspired through ball that fell nicely for Bennett, who rounded the keeper and completed his hat-trick from close range.
It was now very much how many goals would be scored by the home side as Borough went for the Kettering jugular.
Both Bennett and sub Bradey Naughton went close to extending their side’s lead.
And on 73 minutes Woodward created an opening for Naughton, who duly obliged by rifling the ball home from point-blank range.
On 81 minutes, debut-boy Wilson claimed the seventh goal of a miserable afternoon for the visitors when he strode in to fire home from six yards, after Nlate could only push out Naughton’s fierce drive.
Gosport: Ashmore, King, Martin, Poate, Molyneaux, Dunford, Igoe, Smith, Wooden, Bennett, Wylde. Subs: Woodward, Brown, Wilson, Naughton, Ford.
Kettering: Nlate, Gyasi, Fox, Crowe, Logan, Eze, King, Hicks, Griffiths, Akinfhade, Wilson. Subs: Mismabo, Kelly, Kamaran, Da rosa Harpal.