Gosport maintain play-off bid

Gosport keeper Mark Brown
Gosport keeper Mark Brown
Ryan Pennery netted for Moneyfields. Picture: Neil Marshall (171026-11)

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Gosport Borough saw off North Leigh 2-1 at Privett Park to claim a third successive victory.

The win keeps Borough in contention to reach the Zamaretto League south & west division play-offs.

Alex Pike’s men are two points adrift of fifth-placed Hungerford.

First-half goals from Justin Bennett and Liam Sewell put Borough in charge with keeper Mark Brown saving a penalty.

The visitors hit back to reduce the arrears midway through the second half and, though Borough had to survive a few scary moments, they deserved the three points.

‘The turning point in the first half was Mark Brown’s penalty save,’ said assistant manager Mick Catlin.

‘It came when we were leading 2-0 and if they had scored it might have made a difference.

‘He is a big lad, though, at 6ft 7ins and he got down well to push the ball around the post.

‘In the second half we knew that we had to defend well and not give anything away.

‘But they scored from a corner and we lived dangerously a couple of times.

‘Having said that, we had an effort cleared off the line and their goalkeeper denied James Taylor three times in one on ones.’

Bennett, back from his loan spell with Blue Square South side Eastleigh, gave Borough a cracking start when he curled home a fourth minute free-kick.

Liam Sewell, on loan from the Hawks, extended Borough’s lead in the 10th minute, coolly lobbing the keeper after being put in by James Ford.

Borough conceded when a corner from Tom Franklin evaded everyone to find the far corner of the net.

But Pike’s men held out for a crucial victory.