Pike salutes Borough’s progress

Gosport hitman Justin Bennett. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122773-8)
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Alex Pike saluted Gosport Borough’s progress as they stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches.

Justin Bennett scored twice in the first half as the Privett Park outfit stunned second-placed Leamington at the New Windmill Ground last night.

Dan Wooden made sure of the Southern League premier division points late on as the game ended 3-1.

Pike was delighted with the win, especially as Leamington have been in fine form themselves.

He said: ‘To come away from home and beat a team who have lost just twice in 27 matches shows how far we have come.

‘It takes our unbeaten run to eight matches, too, which is really something considering our poor start to the season.’

The hosts began well but Lee Molyneaux and Brett Poate repelled the best strikers Tom Berwick and Lee Chilton had to offer.

And after soaking up the pressure for 15 minutes, Wooden forced a save from Leamington keeper Niall Cooper at his near post.

Borough then took the lead on 25 minutes when Poate and Wooden unlocked the Brakes defence to leave Bennett to blast home from 10 yards.

Berwick shot over as the hosts searched for a leveller.

And his wastfulness was punished as Bennett doubled Borough’s lead after latching onto a ball from Molyneaux and rounding the keeper.

Berwick did find the net on 34 minutes, though, halving the deficit as he caught Gosport napping.

But the visitors finished the half well, with Poate firing a free-kick narrowly over.

Nathan Ashmore saved well from Chilton early in the second half before Bennett twice went close to completing his hat-trick.

Ashmore then denied Alex Taylor before Wooden turned a cross home to seal the win.

LEAMINGTON: Cooper, Mace, Morley, Magunda, Hood, Daly, Dodd, Husband, Berwick, Chilton, Batchelor. Subs: Naylor, Perron, Taylor, Moore, Owen

GOSPORT: Ashmore, King, Poate, Dunford, Molyneaux, Pearce, Igoe, Smith, Wooden, Bennett, Wilde. Subs: Woodward, Martin, Ford, Brown, Wilson