Borough and Hawks both triumph to boost play-off hopes

Mike Carter    Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Mike Carter Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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Gosport Borough’s Vanarama Conference South play-off hopes were reignited on a chilly afternoon in South London, as the visitors overcame Sutton United thanks to a first-minute goal from Mike Carter.

Victory saw Alex Pike’s impressive side climb to fifth place in the league table and occupy the final play-off spot.

Ten-man Hawks battled to an outstanding 2-0 Vanarama Conference South win over Ebbsfleet United at Westleigh Park.

Scott Donnelly fired the Hawks in front just before the break but the hosts had Brian Stock sent off early in the second period.

A mistake by visiting goalkeeper Brandon Hall saw Ben Swallow extend the Hawks lead and the 10 men held on for a vital three points.

A superb second-half fightback saw struggling Fareham Town grab a much-needed point in their fight to avoid Wessex League premier division relegation.

The Reds trailed 2-0 at the break but rallied in the second half as Ash Tattersall and Jack James earned a share of the spoils for Matt Parr’s side.

Frustrated Horndean were unable to break down stubborn Fawley, as the hosts were forced to settle for a Wessex League premier division point at Five Heads Park.

AFC Portchester thrashed Alresford Town 5-2 to close the gap to five points on third-placed Moneyfields in the Wessex League premier division.

Nikolai Littleton scored twice for the Royals, with Gary Moody, Louie Castles and Jamie Musselwhite also on target for Graham Rix’s side.