Bennett hands Borough priceless victory

Justin Bennett
Justin Bennett
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Good show on the road as Hawks impress to beat Wealdstone

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Gosport Borough remained on track to challenge for the Evostik Southern League South & West play-offs with a 1-0 win at bottom club Stourport Swifts.

Justin Bennett’s sixth-minute goal proved enough to earn all three points.

And that triumph takes Borough to within four points of the play-off zone, with games in hand.

Despite the narrow margin of the win, assistant manager Mick Catlin never felt his side were in any danger.

‘It was a comfortable 1-0 win,’ said Catlin.

‘We had chances in the first half to be out of sight but failed to take them.

‘I never felt that Stourport had anything to threaten us with and our back four, along with goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore, were very solid.

‘We are showing good resilience on the road and it always boosts confidence when you are picking up points away from home.

‘I’ve always thought that Christmas is a good marker to where you are and if we can win our games in hand we will be right in the thick of the play-offs.

‘That would put us right on target.

‘Certainly there are no teams that we fear in this league and when we are on our game we can beat anyone.’

Bennett struck early with a typically-clinical finish to put Borough in the driving seat after only six minutes.

Borough should have added more before the break, but Bennett, Dan Wooden and Nathan Kirby all missed good opportunities.

When Stourport threatened with long-range efforts, Ashmore was secure in his handling on the wet surface.

The only worry for Borough was the departure of goalscorer Bennett in the second half with a hand injury.

‘We have an interesting local derby against Sholing coming up next and that will be a good test for us,’ said Catlin.