Glory days keep coming for Borough

PARTY SPIRIT Russell-Cotes Cup winners Gosport Borough enjoy adding more silverware to the Privett Park trophy cabinet. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131260-679)
PARTY SPIRIT Russell-Cotes Cup winners Gosport Borough enjoy adding more silverware to the Privett Park trophy cabinet. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131260-679)
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Gosport have taken a lift from Craig McAllister's leadership. Picture: Keith Woodland

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The feel-good factor at Gosport Borough continued as Alex Pike’s side lifted the Russell-Cotes Cup.

Days after booking their place in Blue Square Bet South via a penalty-shootout win in their play-off final with Hemel Hemptead, the Privett Park side were back in action with yet more silverware at stake.

And just like on Monday, they had to do it the hard way – this time relying on second-half goals from Nathan Kirby and Dan Woodward to cancel out Lymington’s half-time 1-0 lead.

Wessex League Lymington stunned Borough following a superb move on six minutes that created an opening for Carlos Teteski to slam a shot high into the net.

Seconds later, Justin Bennett wasted a glorious chance to equalise after ghosting through the visitors’ defence and rounding keeper Stuart Williamson, only for his casual finish to be booted off the line to safety.

And Bennett’s frustrations showed when he found himself in another position to finish, but his wild effort flew yards wide of the target.

Despite being a goal behind, Borough still looked capable of getting back in the match – and thanks to Sammy Igoe’s prompting in midfield, Danny Smith went close with a header at the far post.

The swirling wind and heavy rain made playing conditions difficult, although Borough’s Ellis Martin made the most of the wet surface with a skidding cross-shot that flashed just wide of the far post.

Just before the interval, young Gosport striker Sam Wilson limped out of the fray, to be replaced by Dan Wooden.

In the second half, Borough got themselves back in contention thanks to the persistence of Bennett.

He refused to be intimidated by a tough challenge in the Lymington penalty area and set up Kirby who finished in style.

As the rain continued to fall, the home side dampened the spirits of the visitors by then taking the lead.

Wooden created an opening for Woodward, who beat Williamson from the edge of the area.

Bennett’s lack of playing time showed again when he found himself in the clear, only for his half-hit shot to hardly trouble Williamson.

On 80 minutes, Adam Wilde came off the Borough substitutes’ bench, and with his first touch, he sent the ball crashing against the Lymington crossbar.

The visitors, meanwhile, looked devoid of ideas as they went in search of an equaliser, leaving Borough to push forward in search of a third goal.

That never materialised before the final whistle, though.

But there was no prouder man in the ground than skipper Lee Molyneaux, who had the honour of stepping up to lift the silverware for the second time this week.

Gosport Borough: Ender, King, Martin, Smith, Molyneaux, Kirby, Igoe, Scott, Wilson, Bennett, Woodward. Subs: Wilde, Wooden, Norton, Ford, Ashmore