Bennett’s double limits damage

Gosport striker Justin Bennett, second from right, takes the congratulations. Picture: Dave Haines
Gosport striker Justin Bennett, second from right, takes the congratulations. Picture: Dave Haines
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Justin Bennett revealed he feared the worst for Gosport Borough before his double helped salvage some Privett Park pride.

The in-form striker continued his remarkable start to the campaign as he bagged his 15th and 16th goals of the season in the 6-3 FA Cup first round defeat to Colchester United.

But at 3-0 down midway through the first half, Bennett was among those who were worried how it may end up.

He said: ‘We came into the game thinking we had a chance but as soon as we went 1-0 down, their class showed and they picked us off.

‘At 3-0 down, I was thinking “this could be eight or nine”.

‘But overall, 6-3 was probably a fair reflection of the game.

‘We gave it a good go to get back into the game but we just couldn’t get within one goal to give them a wobble.

‘I enjoyed it. Of course, I’m disappointed to lose but we gave it a good crack.

‘I think we can hold our heads high.’

Bennett started the recovery as he poached one from close range to claw it back to 3-1.

And he gave his side further hope in the second half when he slotted home to reduce the arrears to 4-2, moments after wasting a good chance.

He said: ‘For the first goal, I saw Ben was there and I wasn’t sure he would be able to get it across.

‘I managed to get something on it and it seemed to take an age to go in but I was desperate to score in the first round proper.

‘Then for the second one, I had a really good chance just before that.

‘I tried to go round the keeper but he flicked it off my foot and out for a goal-kick.

‘I had a bit of an argument with Pato (Matt Paterson) about it because he thought I should have pulled it back.

‘Luckily, he put me through straight after it and I managed to put it past the keeper.

‘I don’t get too worried about missing chances. I just keep going.

‘I’ve learned that over the years and when I was younger it used to affect the rest of my game when I missed one.

‘But now I just forget it and move on to try to take the next chance.’

Bennett also felt there was a good response from the Borough players.

They emerged from a deflated dressing room to put in a spirited second-half display.

He said: ‘When we got one back, we had them on the ropes a bit.

‘But their goal just before half-time killed it.

‘I thought we gave it a good go in the second half. At 4-1 down, we thought we had nothing to lose.

‘We had the attitude to go out and enjoy it. I think that showed.’