GOSPORT BOROUGH recovered from Saturday’s sorry loss at North Leigh to edge past Poole Town 2-1 at Privett Park.
Alex Pike’s men slugged it out with their Dorset opponents for more than an hour before finding a breakthrough as goals from George Way and Justin Bennett delighted a packed crowd of nearly 300.
Both sides looked desperate not to lose the match.
Indeed, having played four matches with just three points to show for their efforts, the visiting Dolphins bossed most of the first half, with striker Scott Joyce going close several times, as did Dan Cann, only for Borough defender Lee Molyneaux to stretch out a leg and deflect his goalbound effort to safety.
Then, Ian Jones became Borough’s saviour by somehow managing to get across the line and clear a Mike Walker header.
Borough were desperate to begin taking some points to lift them in to the top half of the Southern League division one south & west table.
But for the first 15 minutes of the second half, it looked at best they would take just a point for their efforts.
Suddenly, everything changed as Borough began to look the better of the two sides and moments after Nathan Kirby had gone close, Bennett and Jones created an opening for man-of-the-match Way to strike a fine shot across keeper Nick Hutchings from the edge of the area.
Three minutes later, Privett Park erupted as Borough doubled their advantage with another superb goal, this time Kirby cutting a gaping hole in a now-struggling Poole rearguard for Bennett to go clear and beat former Borough keeper Hutchings.
To their credit, Tommy Killick’s Poole pulled a goal back through Walker with a far post tap-in.
But it could not dent Borough’s resolve of picking up all three points that had looked beyond them for so long.
‘The lads did very well and really needed to get back to winning ways after the weekend defeat at North Leigh,’ said Borough chairman Mark Hook.
‘They had to battle and, for me, the introduction of young substitute Bradey Norton late in the game helped swing the result in our favour.
‘It sets us up nicely for when we make the short journey across to Moneyfields at the weekend for our FA Cup tie.’
Gosport Borough: Pryce, Jones, Wilde, Cook, Molyneaux, Kirby, Way, Jones, Wooden, Bennett, Cotton. Subs: Sewell, Woodward, Norton, Ford, Hards.
Poole Town: Hutchings, Clarke, Spetch, Smeeton, Walker, Skelton, Gill, Hubbard, Joyce, Preston, Cann. Subs: Smith, Jeffes, Brooks, Roberts, Jones.