Igoe provides spark as Borough thrash Kettering

Adam Wilde, left, worked hard during Gosport's clash with Kettering
Adam Wilde, left, worked hard during Gosport's clash with Kettering
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Gosport Borough roared to a 7-0 demolition of Southern League premier division basement battlers Kettering Town at Privett Park.

Midfield maestro Sammy Igoe was at his creative best, despite the awful conditions with rain lashing down on the Privett Park pitch.

He had a hand in so much of Borough’s vibrant attacking play as they showed no mercy on their visitors.

Justin Bennett helped himself to a hat-trick and Tom Dunford, Dan Wooden and Bradey Norton were also on the mark.

The seventh goal was scored by substitute Sam Wilson, on his Borough debut, just before the final whistle.

Manager Alex Pike was delighted with the result and is hoping it sets his side up nicely for a strong run of results over the Christmas period.

He is hoping Borough can continue their good form tomorrow when they go to Leamington.

Pike said: ‘Given the conditions, I couldn’t have asked for more from the lads who stuck to what they believe in and got the result that never looked in any doubt.

‘The goals were very well taken but it was the way we created so many chances that really pleased me – plus the fact our defence never gave Kettering a glimpse of our goal in the entire 90 minutes.

‘So there it is – a seven goal victory has earned us three points, which is very important going into the Christmas period, with a home match against Totton here on Boxing Day.

‘But before then we have a couple of away games coming up at Leamington tomorrow night and Barwell on Saturday, so hopefully our current form will help us take some more points.’

Borough keeper Nathan Ashmore had virtually nothing to do for the entire 90 minutes as the visitors struggled to create chances.

There were no such problems for Borough.

Igoe had already laid on shooting chances for Bennett and Ellis Martin when he fired in an inch-perfect corner that Dunford buried at the near post.

Then, as Igoe took a deserved breather, Bennett came to life with a run from near halfway to thump Borough into a two-goal interval lead.

It was the perfect boost for the Borough fans who were soaking in the stands.

But the best was yet to come as two goals in a 60-second spell, from Dan Wooden and Bennett, brought the total to four.

Again it was Igoe who had a hand in laying on both goals.

Having run himself ragged, the former Pompey and Hawks midfielder was given a well-earned rest on the hour – as was the hard-working Adam Wilde – with talented wideman Dan Woodward and debutant Wilson introduced from the bench.

Still the goals flowed as Borough sensed a chance to boost their goal difference.

Bennett charged free to complete his hat-trick, Woodward created an opening for Norton, who powered the ball home, and Wilson added the gloss to the emphatic win.