Golden Gosport down leaders to celebrate 21st

Dan Wooden put Gosport ahead against leaders Leamington at Privett Park
Dan Wooden put Gosport ahead against leaders Leamington at Privett Park
Wes Fogden drew a good save from the Hampton & Richmond keeper in a rare attempt on goal. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

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Gosport Borough took their stunning unbeaten run to 21 matches with a superb 3-0 victory over league leaders Leamington at Privett Park.

In front of a packed home crowd, Borough took a first-half lead through Dan Wooden, before Rory Williams kept up his excellent form in front of goal with their second.

As Gosport continue to roll over all who lie in their path, another three points keeps them firmly in the Southern League premier division play-off mix.

The hosts opened well and put together a couple of neat moves that stretched the visitors, with Dan Wooden and Sammy Igoe both going close.

Gosport looked sound in defence early on and Leamington striker Stefan Moore and Ricky Johnson made little headway in their intriguing battle with Lee Molyneaux and Aaron Cook.

Borough had a couple of lucky escapes, though, when Ricky Batchelor was left in the clear only for keeper Nathan Ashmore to palm his effort away to safety.

Moments later, Johnson saw his goalbound effort strike Molyneaux and loop clear.

Scare over and it was Gosport who grabbed the lead thanks to the efforts of Jamie Brown and Igoe who combined to carve open the Leamington defence for Wooden to blast in an opener from 10 yards.

Wooden then turned provider with a run and cross that fell perfectly into the path of Tom Dunford who fired in a shot that Niall Cooper did well to save at the second attempt.

Molyneaux came to his side’s rescue again to preserve the lead when he kept pace with Moore’s run to nod the ball safely back to Ashmore.

Borough were in control for the remainder of the first half and only a top save from Cooper denied Williams from doubling their advantage.

Gosport continued to treat the bumper crowd of around 600 with cut-and-thrust moves that had Leamington struggling to stay in the match.

To their credit, the visitors battled on and only a late challenge by Luke King - which earned him a yellow card - denied Batchelor a clear run on goal.

On 62 minutes, any fears Borough would have to share the points were put to rest as Williams hammered in a long-range shot that crashed high into the net.

The leaders looked a spent force and Borough, not satisfied with their two-goal lead, made it three as Molyneaux and Igoe created an opening for man-of-the-match Brown to blast home from point-blank range.

Southern League premier division

GOSPORT BOROUGH 3 (Wooden, Williams, Brown)


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

Leamington Town: Cooper, Naylor, Morley, Maggunda, Mace, Daly, Dodd, Chilton, S Moore, Johnson, Batchelor. Subs: L Moore, Adkins, Thompson-Brown, O’Neill, Ward.