GOSPORT BOROUGH boss Alex Pike lauded his side for a magical performance as they smashed St Albans City 6-1 at Clarence Park last night.
Dan Woodward scored twice and Dan Wooden, Aaron Cook, Rory Williams and Adam Wilde were also on the mark.
The emphatic display lifted Borough up to fifth place in the Southern League premier division and extended their incredible run to 20 matches unbeaten.
Delighted Pike toasted one of the best nights of his Gosport reign.
He said: ‘It was a marvellous display and I’m delighted for the team.
‘We’ve been threatening to do that for some time and it makes up for us losing at home to them earlier in the season.
‘We have been playing superbly of late and last night it all just clicked.
‘It’s right up there with the best performances in my time at the club.’
Striker Justin Bennett – back from his honeymoon – had to be content with a place on the Gosport bench.
He watched on as Borough ran riot in the first half.
Woodward opened the scoring after just 11 seconds.
The talented teenager flashed a powerful shot high into the net from 35 yards.
Borough strengthened their grip on seven minutes.
Woodward sped clear to round keeper Nick Jupp and roll the ball in for his second goal.
A third quickly followed on 15 minutes.
Woodward combined with Brett Poate to release Dan Wooden who did the rest, rifling the ball home from six yards.
Aaron Cook made it 4-0 when he met Sammy Igoe’s cross with a powerful header.
And Borough continued their lethal finishing early in the second half.
Wooden split the St Albans defence open and Rory Williams capitalised to shoot home on 50 minutes.
With time running out, the Saints finally put together a good attacking move and Borough defender Lee Molyneaux was penalised for a foul in the box.
Greg Ngoyi fired home from the penalty spot.
But Borough had the final say as Wilde came off the bench against his former club to make it six for glorious Gosport.
Leaders Leamington arrive at Privett Park on Saturday and Bennett will face a fight to win back his place.
Pike added: ‘What is nice is that we had Justin Bennett back and we didn’t need to use him.
‘It makes a welcome selection headache for me going into our match at home to leaders Leamington on Saturday.
‘It was against them that our 20-match unbeaten run got going and we’ll be desperate to keep it going this weekend.’
St Albans: Jupp, Seeby, McGovern, Kaloczi, Warton, Bruce, Keemleyside, Urquhart, Wadkins, Comley, Henry. Subs: Graham, Ngoyi, Eadie, Taylor, Dove.
Gosport: Ashmore, King, Poate, Cook, Molyneaux, Dunford, Igoe, Brown, Wooden, Williams, Woodward. Subs: Wilson, Bennett, Martin, Wilde, Smith.
Referee: Mark Mellor (Hemel).