Classy Gosport warm up for Pompey test

Rory Williams scored for Gosport
Rory Williams scored for Gosport

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Slick Gosport Borough warmed up for tomorrow night’s visit of a Pompey XI with a 5-1 demolition of Redditch United at the Valley Stadium.

Rory Williams, Dan Woodward, Justin Bennett, Jack Barton and Adam Wilde were all on the mark for Borough.

The Southern League premier division side had no answer to Gosport’s attacking quality.

Alex Pike’s men remain unbeaten in pre-season ahead of the exciting prospect of a friendly against the Blues at Privett Park.

Even though they will welcome a development team similar to the side beaten 3-1 by Salisbury last week, Gosport are braced for a tough test.

‘It is a big week ahead of us, playing Pompey tomorrow and Frome on Saturday,’ said assistant boss Mick Catlin.

‘Pompey will make us work harder than anyone to date.

‘Results are not important and it is all about performances.

‘We are increasing our intensity every game and we can see the players are getting sharper.’

Williams gave Borough a perfect start at Redditch, opening the scoring in the first half.

Mike Gosney headed down a long diagonal ball and Williams gambled to get in behind the defence and lob the goalkeeper.

Soon afterwards, some good play from Williams and Bennett freed up Woodward to score at the far post.

Bennett added a third goal before the break.

The prolific Gosport striker hammered the ball into the roof of the net after yet another quality move. Borough then made wholesale changes for the second period but went on to add further goals from Barton and Wilde.

Gosport start their league campaign against Dover Athletic on Saturday, August 17 at Privett Park.

But before then the players will relish the chance to pit their wits against a Pompey XI tomorrow.

The likes of Adam Webster, Ashley Harris and Ryan Bird could all be involved and it will make for an exciting occasion at Privett Park.

Borough will hope for a good crowd for the fixture and tickets can be purchased at the turnstiles.

Adults will be charged £12, concessions are £8, under-16s get in for £4, while under-10s get free admission with a paying adult.