Borough once again enjoy home comfort

Liam Sewell and Justin Bennett  in action for Gosport Borough FC against Abingdon United at Gosport. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (110990-9)
Liam Sewell and Justin Bennett in action for Gosport Borough FC against Abingdon United at Gosport. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110990-9)
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GOSPORT continued their impressive home form in the Southern League south & west division, with a 3-2 win over Abingdon United.

It was another showcase of Borough’s formidable form at Privett Park, which had it not been negated by such a misrable time away from home, would have taken them into the play-offs.

Thirteen defeats on the road have ensured Borough now have nothing to play for but pride.

Borough boss Alex Pike has warned his troops that, with five league games remaining, they are playing for their positions next season.

‘The league table shows we have lost just once at home and 13 times away which tells its own story of how we have lost our way this season,’ said Pike.

‘And it’s very disappointing, particularly as we promised so much in early season but the responsibility is mine and something that I am already working on to make sure that the same mistakes aren’t repeated next season.’

Not for the first time this season, striker Justin Bennett took the man-of-the-match award for his superb effort and two well-taken goals.

But keeper Alex Hards also played a major part, with several quality saves to deny the visitors late on.

After failing to prevent Abingdon striker Graham Lewis side-stepping him to open the scoring on 35 minutes, Hards, a former Pompey youngster and currently on loan from Gloucester City, began to impress.

And, at the other end, Bennett showed his class by wriggling free to poke in the equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

The striker then put Borough ahead with a blistering free-kick from the edge of the area that hit the back of the net before Abingdon keeper Alan Foster could react.

Hards then had a hand in Borough’s third goal with a route-one clearance that fell into the path of young Hawks loanee Liam Sewell, who stylishly cracked home a shot that flew into the back of the net.

Moments later, Lewis popped up to grab his second of the match and reduce the arrears but Borough had done enough.

It was only Borough’s second double of the season – North Leigh being the other.

And, even with play-off dreams over, Pike is determined not to let his side coast through their final matches.

He said: ‘Once again the lads showed me they are capable of competing against clubs who come here to Privett Park in the hope of taking something from the game and the result was as important as the performance of my team.

‘We have another five matches to go and 15 points to play for so, although the chance of promotion is over this season, we still have to work hard to finish just outside the play-off positions.’