Gosport Borough boosted their play-off hopes with victory at Halesowen Town but Mick Catlin warned: It’s still all to play for.
Goals from Brett Poate, Justin Bennett and Liam Sewell helped Borough open up an eight-point gap on sixth-placed Paulton Rovers, who have a game in hand, in Southern League division one south & west.
Borough assistant boss Catlin said: ‘It is important we keep grinding out results because we have some big games coming up.
‘There is still a lot to do to make sure we get in the play-offs.
‘We still have to play the top three sides.
‘The key will be to keep working hard and doing the right things.’
Poate put the visitors ahead with a trademark free-kick, smashing his shot into the bottom corner on 17 minutes.
Halesowen had a defender sent off before Bennett extended Borough’s lead.
A Halesowen penalty – eight minutes from time – threatened to set up a tense finale.
But Sewell scored just two minutes later to settle it.
‘Halesowen made us work hard for it,’ said Catlin.
‘Even though they went down to 10-men they kept two up front and took the game to us.
‘Our work ethic was terrific, though.
‘Halesowen are no mugs and have a good home record including a recent win over league leaders Bideford.
‘We got our just rewards for our hard work to keep our momentum going.
‘Dan Wooden up front and Nathan Kirby in midfield were relentless and that rubbed off on the rest of the team.’