Lee Wort served up a finish straight out of Eric Cantona’s repertoire as Gosport Borough earned a 3-2 win at Dartford to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
Alex Pike’s side made it two wins and three draws from their opening five games as Justin Bennett struck twice either side of half-time.
The home side pulled one back soon afterwards but substitute Wort produced a classy chip off the inside of the far post for the goal of the game two minutes from time.
It meant Dartford’s late second was irrelevant as Borough held on for an important three points.
And Wort’s finish brought back memories of Cantona’s famous goal and celebration for Manchester United against Sunderland in 1996.
Pike said: ‘Worty’s goal was an absolutely brilliant finish.
It was Cantona-esque. I just wanted him to stand there with his hands by his side looking at the crowd.Alex Pike
‘We broke through, he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but he chipped him and it went in off the post.
‘It was Cantona-esque. I just wanted him to stand there with his hands by his side looking at the crowd.
‘Someone said he’s probably too young to know that goal but he should have seen the advert.’
Borough withstood plenty of pressure from the home side before they got their noses in front as Bennett converted a penalty won by Perry Ryan on his first start for the club.
Pike said: ‘You could see that they had the experience of playing at the higher level.
‘They had 22 corners in the game so we were under a lot of pressure at times. But credit to Nathan Ashmore and the back four.
‘Perry Ryan did well to win the penalty. For a defensive midfielder, I wondered what he was doing up in their box but he got chopped down.
‘We got our noses in front but I think we were fortunate to come in at half-time 1-0 up.
‘The players weren’t happy with their first-half performance but they were much tidier in the second half.’
Gosport doubled their advantage when Bennett outpaced the defence and rounded the goalkeeper to make it 2-0. But Dartford then regained the momentum as they pulled one back before Wort’s moment of brilliance.
Pike said: ‘We got 2-0 up and they pulled one back immediately. But then Worty scored that great goal.
‘They got one back late on but the game was over by that point.
‘I was happy with the win.’
New Borough signing, Elliot Wheeler, who came through Pompey’s Academy and went on to Stoke City was not handed a debut but Pike believes he has added more quality to the ranks.
Pike said: ‘His preferred position is right-back but he can play on the right of midfield or at centre-back.
‘I only sign players that are better than what I’ve got, so it’s a statement.’
GOSPORT: Ashmore, Cuthbertson, Woodford, Poate, Williams, Ryan, Carter, Dunford, Wooden, White (Wort, 72), Bennett. Subs not used: Wheeler, Barker, Walker, Scott.