Justin Bennett struck all four of Gosport Borough’s goals in last night’s National League South 4-0 win at Weston-super-Mare, as he inspired a second successive away-day demolition at the Woodspring Stadium.
Alex Pike’s side revisited the Somerset town one year to the month from last season’s memorable 5-0 thrashing.
I don’t normally like giving player of the match but you can’t look much further than Justin Bennett scoring four goalsGosport Borough boss Alex Pike
In that game, Bennett – who went on to be the division’s leading marksman – grabbed a classy hat-trick.
And although Borough bagged one fewer this time round, Bennett himself went one better in another emphatic victory that gave manager Pike no choice but to single his star man out for deserved praise.
He said: ‘I don’t normally like giving player of the match but you can’t look much further than Justin Bennett scoring four goals.
‘Nathan Ashmore made a great save and Tom Dunford worked his socks off and did very little wrong all game.
‘A four-goal win highlights the great team performance.’
Dunford was the first man to threaten for Borough, only for his early strike to deflect behind for a corner.
The reprieve was to prove temporary for Weston, as Bennett opened his tally for the new campaign on the quarter-hour mark with a header from the flag-kick.
And with 18 minutes played, the visitors were 2-0 ahead as that man Bennett tapped into an empty net with the home defence at sixes and sevens.
At half-time, all outplayed Weston had to show was a tame Dayle Grubb effort.
The hosts did enjoy a period of dominance at the start of the second half but after two shots on Ashmore’s goal still had nothing to show for their attacking endeavour.
Prolific Bennett, though, needed no second invitation and emphatically grabbed his hat-trick on 65 minutes, heading home substitute Dan Wooden’s pinpoint free-kick.
And incredibly, it was four for both Borough and Bennett eight minutes from time as he rounded off an unforgettable night for the visitors.
Pike added: ‘To win away from home was very pleasing.
‘And to keep a clean sheet and score four goals was important after Saturday’s 0-0 draw (at home to St Albans).’