RYAN PENNERY’S second-half penalty sent Gosport Borough into the FA Cup second-qualifying round.
The striker’s spot-kick earned Craig McAllister’s side a 1-0 victory at Sittingbourne.
The hosts made the better start and Gosport were fortunate a loose ball wasn’t bundled into the back of the net from a corner in the fourth minute.
On eight minutes, Sittingbourne had the ball in the back of the net but the referee had already blew up for a foul in the build-up.
Borough started to get into the game and in the 14th minute Tony Lee had the visitors’ first opportunity but the keeper easily gathered his head.
Gosport started to pile on the pressure, with Lee rattling the crossbar with an effort on 24 minutes.
Connor Hoare saw his long-range shot miss the target for the visitors in the 35th minute, while Pennery saw his powerful effort superbly saved by the Sittingbourne keeper.
Lee then crashed a shot against the side netting four minutes later but the two sides went into half-time goalless.
But Borough breakthrough just seven minutes after the restart.
PENNERY won the visitors a penalty when he was bundled down in the area. The striker stepped up to take the spot-kick and beat the Sittingbourne keeper to give his side the lead.
Gosport pressed their foot on the gas, with Craig McAllister’s shot inches away from creeping inside the right-hand post.
In the 69th minute, Lee’s cross evades every player in the box and struck the woodwork.
Gosport were unable to increase their lead but comfortably reached the second-qualifying round of the FA Cup.