Same old story for Borough

Justin Bennett
Justin Bennett
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Justin Bennett struck as Gosport Borough battled to a dour 1-1 Southern League premier division draw at Bedworth.

The striker put Borough ahead in the first half, before the home side hit back to level from the penalty spot.

The visitors created the best of the chances but, not for the first time this season, failed to make them count.

‘It was the same old story from us,’ said manager Alex Pike.

‘We created lots of chances but failed to take them and were punished for making one defensive mistake. It was another game we could and should have won.’

Goal-ace Bennett fired Borough into a 23rd-minute lead, with a fierce shot that went in off the post – after James Ford’s original effort rebounded out off the goalkeeper’s legs.

Within five minutes, though, the home side hit back to equalise.

Ellis Martin felt he was harshly penalised for handball in midfield and the visitors were caught out by a quickly taken free-kick.

Martin tried to get back but only succeeded in fouling the home winger inside the area.

Bedworth converted the penalty and started the second half on top, with Borough keeper Nathan Ashmore forced into making good saves.

Midway through the half, Bennett was denied by a stunning acrobatic save from the home keeper and had two efforts disallowed for offside.

‘We showed excellent movement up front and excellent support from midfield,’ said Pike.

‘It is now a case of turning draws into wins to climb further up the league.

‘I’d rather be doing that than trying to change defeats into wins.

‘We are on a mini run of three games undefeated and must look to extend that.

‘On a boggy Bedworth pitch we continued to play good football and show our fighting qualities.

‘Between now and Christmas we need to pick up as many wins as possible and see where that takes us.’

Pike’s Borough travel to Sholing on Wednesday when they will look to make progress in the Red Insure League Cup.