Bennett’s wonder goal is enough for Gosport

Justin Bennett struck a superb winner
Justin Bennett struck a superb winner
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Gosport have taken a lift from Craig McAllister's leadership. Picture: Keith Woodland

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A glorious Justin Bennett strike earned Gosport Borough their first Evo-Stik Southern League south & west win of the season as they recorded a 1-0 success at Bridgwater Town.

After drawing their two opening games it was the lift Borough needed going into tonight’s encounter against Didcot Town at Privett Park (7.45pm).

‘To be fair we could have won by three or four goals but Justin’s strike was good enough to win any game,’ said assistant manager Mick Catlin.

‘We struggled to break them down in the first half but changing things and pushing Dan Wooden up front made the difference.

‘It was also pleasing to keep a second consecutive clean sheet away from home.

‘Our back four have worked hard together all summer and that is paying dividends.

‘We have given ourselves something to build on and it is important that we keep the momentum going against Didcot.

‘They have had a sticky start so will be coming to us intent on picking up points.’

The decisive moment at Bridgwater came on 61 minutes.

Wooden delivered a superb 40-yard reverse pass which Bennett caught with a sweet volley into the top corner.

The home side were reduced to 10-men near the end after a two-footed challenge on Gavin Jones.

Borough expect to have Nathan Kirby and Owen Elias in the squad to face Didcot but have injury doubts over Mark Cotton and Jones.

Gosport’s reserve team drew 1-1 with Sholing Reserves at Privett Park in the Wyvern Combination Football League on Friday.

A fine goal from Callum Laycock put Borough ahead but the visitors hit back to level late on.