Borough ground Concord to soar out of drop zone

Gosport Borough goal hero Dan Wooden. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132479-6)
Gosport Borough goal hero Dan Wooden. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132479-6)
Ryan Pennery netted for Moneyfields. Picture: Neil Marshall (171026-11)

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Gosport Borough soared out of the Shrill South relegation zone after shooting down Concord Rangers for a second time in seven days.

The Privett Park defeated the Essex side in the FA Trophy at the end of last month.

A Mike Gosney strike booked them a home tie with Nuneaton Town next weekend.

But on Saturday Borough went one better and sealed a 2-0 success at the Aspect Arena.

Dan Wooden and Rory Williams were both on target as Alex Pike’s men earned a first-ever away win at Skrill South level and rose to 17th in the table.

The Borough boss said: ‘All those lads in the dressing room did what was expected of them and the result has given everyone a massive lift.

‘We knew exactly what needed to be done.

‘Concord are a well organised and physically strong side.

‘But not once did we allow them any space to get behind us at the back.

‘So by smothering their strength, we were able to create chances up front to go on and win the match.

‘What is really pleasing is the fact we are out of the bottom three in the league table for the first time this season.

‘I will now be looking for more of these performances to climb the table even further.’

Borough claimed their win in style, too.

A largely uneventful first half was only brought to life on 44 minutes when Gosney gave Wooden the chance to sweep Borough into the lead.

Early in the second half Wooden – enjoying his recall to the side for the injured striker Tim Sills – set up a wonderful chance for Dan Smith.

But he was left holding his head in horror after blazing the ball high over the bar.

Everything the Beach Boys tried to get themselves back in the match was thwarted by a mean Borough rearguard.

Sam Pearce was again at his best – ably assisted by Ian Richardson and Brett Poate to the point keeper Nathan Ashmore was hardly troubled.

But just to make sure the points were safe and the celebrations could begin for the many fans who made the journey up through the Dartford Tunnel, Borough finished the job off in style.

Once again, Wooden played his part.

He emerged from a shuddering challenge to send Jamie Brown along the line before easing past his marker and creating a far-post chance Williams duly buried.

Concord Rangers: Butler, Gordon, Glozier, Powell, Easterford, Goodacre, Hughes-Mason, White, Higgins, Collins, Ogilvie. Subs: Bowers, Hamilton, Lampe, Harris, Cawley.

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Molyneaux, Poate, Brown, Pearce, Richardson, Dunford, Smith, Wooden, Bennett, Gosney. Subs: Williams, Barfoot, Wilde, Barton, Igoe.