Four-some Gosport keep up play-off push

Tom Dunford doubled Gosport's advantage in the first half at Cambridge
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Gosport Borough maintained their play-off bid with an impressive 4-0 win at Cambridge.

A double from in-form striker Rory Williams and goals by Tom Dunford and Adam Wilde took Borough’s run to 22 matches unbeaten in the Southern League premier division.

It was the visitors who started the brightest on a wet pitch as Brett Poate stung the hands of keeper Zac Barrett with a driving 20-yard free-kick.

Skipper Aaron Cook then glanced a header inches over the bar from a Sammy Igoe corner.

Cambridge felt they should have had a 15th-minute penalty as Craig Calver raced through before tumbling over while in a running race with Cook, only for referee Shaun Barry to wave play on.

Gosport took the lead four minutes later after Dan Wooden’s shot was charged down but only to the feet of in-form striker Williams, who side-footed home from 10 yards.

Borough doubled their lead in the 35th minute as Dunford collected the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box, before curling a wonderful effort into the top right-hand corner.

Cambridge looked to step up a gear after the break as Adam Marriott was denied by a good save from Nathan Ashmore.

But Gosport soaked up the pressure and added a third when Williams raced down the left, before cutting inside and unleashing a superb strike which flew in via a deflection.

Top-scorer Justin Bennett was brought on with 75 minutes on the clock and he made an immediate impact as his cross was swept home by fellow substitute Adam Wilde to wrap up the comfortable 4-0 win.

Southern League premier division


GOSPORT BOROUGH 4 (Williams 2, Dunford, Wilde)

Cambridge City: Barrett, Pepper, Blanchett, Theobold, Cleaver, Cambridge, Lewis, Prada, Calver, Marriott, Ramm. Subs: Nightingale, Midgley, Fuller, Darling, Nick.

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, King, Poate, Cook, Molyneaux, Dunford, Igoe, Brown, Wooden, Williams, Woodward. Subs: Wilson, Wilde, Martin, Bennett, Norton.