Glorious Gosport prove Way too good for Dorchester

George Way helped propel Gosport into today's draw
George Way helped propel Gosport into today's draw
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GOALS from Justin Bennett and George Way ensured Gosport Borough won 2-1 at Dorchester Town to record a thrilling FA Trophy upset.

Alex Pike’s Borough could even have added plenty more goals as they outclassed their higher-division hosts and pocketed the £4,000 prize money.

Blue Square South side Dorchester join Gosport’s other victims Slough, Sholing and Godalming, in a dazzling Trophy run for Pike’s men.

Nathan Kirby, impressive youngster Ross Langworthy and striker Bennett could have added further goals to the tally in a sensational first half, if they had a little more fortune.

But no matter. Way, who switched to Southern League Borough from Hayling, scored a wonderful opener.

His clinical strike beat home keeper Alan Walker-Harris with 20 minutes on the clock.

And Borough’s large following of supporters began to celebrate, not yet realising there was more excitement to come in the second half.

They were in raptures again, just seconds after the restart.

Bennett rose highest at the near post to meet Way’s well-struck corner and thump his header into the net.

Dorchester responded to make a game of it.

Striker Ben Dickenson pulled a goal back, though it was never enough to trouble the side from two divisions below on the football pyramid.

The Borough defence held firm for the remaining 20 minutes to see out the victory.

Chairman Mark Hook said: ‘This is a very proud day for everyone at Gosport Borough.

‘It goes a long way to making the point of what our hopes and future plans are for this football club.

‘The important thing is to progress as far as we can in the competition and grow in strength for the remainder of our league campaign.’

Manager Alex Pike felt the victory demonstrated all the hard work of those aiming to make Borough a force in non-league football is beginning to bear fruit.

‘The celebrations at the final whistle showed just what Gosport Borough are all about and it makes everything so worthwhile for everyone, fans included,’ said Pike.

‘If anyone had come through the turnstiles not knowing which of the sides played at Blue Square South level then they would certainly have believed it was us.

‘That tells me we are gradually seeing what we set out to do come to fruition.

‘Who we meet in the next round will be determined at lunchtime today when the draw is made.

‘Whoever it is must expect us to step up again and do whatever it takes to extend our run in the competition.’