Borough and Hawks claim priceless away wins as Petersfield close in on title

Lee Wort   Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Lee Wort Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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Gosport Borough earned a hard-fought three points at Maidenhead’s York Road this afternoon, with goals from strikers Lee Wort and Justin Bennett keeping the visitors in the top five of the Vanarama Conference South.

Dave Tarpey’s late strike ensured a nervy finale for Alex Pike’s side but they held strong to claim a crucial three-point haul.

The Hawks returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Chelmsford City at a windswept Melbourne Avenue.

JJ Hooper’s first-half strike proved enough to give the Hawks three priceless points in their bid to make the play-offs.

Both teams were reduced to 10 men in the first half, when Ed Harris and Mark Haines were sent off after a scuffle.

A sturdy defensive display saw Bognor claim two goals against the run of play through strike duo Terry Dodd and Jason Prior to beat Met Police 2-0 at Nyewood Lane in the Ryman League premier division.

Robbie Tambling was Petersfield’s four-goal hero as the Rams maintained their stranglehold on the Wessex League premier division top spot with a 5-1 win over Fawley.

Warren Hunt was also on target for the hosts with Charlie Willett firing a late consolation for the visitors.

A late Dan Munday goal prevented Horndean from earning a share of the spoils as they were beaten 2-1 by Blackfield & Langley at Five Heads Park.

Nick Tayler had eaded the visitors in front early in the second half before Gavin Spurway equalised for the Deans.

Fareham Town’s hopes of Wessex League premier division survival suffered another blow as Matt Parr’s 10-man side conceded five second-half goals in a 6-1 home defeat to high-flying Winchester.

Bradey Norton had fired the Reds in front early on with a sublime free-kick but the game’s turning point arrived before the break when home midfielder Matt Page was sent off for bringing down Charlie Smeeton in the box.

Warren Bentley converted and went on to grab a hat-trick, with Liam Robinson (2) and Stuart Green completing the rout.

Elsewhere in the Wessex League premier division, AFC Portchester beat Lymington 2-1 thanks to goals from Nikolai Littleton and Gary Moody.