Justin Bennett earns spot of comfort for Gosport Borough

Justin Bennett. Picture Ian Hargreaves (151409-9)
Justin Bennett. Picture Ian Hargreaves (151409-9)
  • Striker nets penalty to beat Weston-super-Mare
  • Alex Pike happy with first win in six games
  • Boss warns troops to keep feet on ground
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Alex Pike was happy to see Gosport Borough return to winning ways with a 1-0 National League South win over Weston-super-Mare at Privett Park.

In driving rain and high winds, a 75th-minute Justin Bennett penalty proved enough to give the hosts their first victory in six league games.

It was also an important result psychologically – after Borough lost their last home game 6-2 at the hands of Hemel Hempstead.

Pike admitted under the circumstances the result was always going to be more important than the performance.

‘I have told the players between now and Christmas it is all about the results,’ said the boss.

‘We need to put a run together and now is the time to start doing that.

‘While they keep winning, no-one can complain.

‘We thoroughly deserved our win against Weston and the final scoreline flattered them.

‘I was happy with the way my players battled through in difficult conditions to get the win.’

Borough played with the wind in the first half and goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore only had a couple of routine saves to make.

Both teams did have chances early on with Joe McLennan going close for the visitors with a deflected effort.

Bennett wasn’t far away with a shot at the other end but the home side’s best moment of the first half came when Rowan Vine narrowly failed to reach a low Rory Williams cross.

George Barker almost broke the deadlock after the break with a free-kick which crashed back off the upright.

But the decisive moment arrived 15 minutes from the end when the referee awarded Borough a penalty for handball.

Pike said: ‘It looked a bit harsh from where I was with the ball hitting their player’s hand. The referee said the player had his arm away from his body and when these chances come along you have to take advantage.’

Bennett, the league’s leading goalscorer, made no mistake with his spot-kick to take his tally to 19 this season.

Lee Wort thought he had added a second when he rounded the Weston keeper only to see his shot stick in the mud on the goalline before it was hacked away.

In the closing stages, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Tristan Plummer was shown a red card. And while they still pressed for a leveller during four minutes of stoppage-time, Borough stood firm.

‘Having three players back from suspension helped,’ said Pike.

‘Adam May had a good game after being thrown in at the deep end last time out.

‘It is just one win, though, and it doesn’t mean we have completely turned the corner yet.’

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Cuthbertson, Williams, Carter, Poate, Woodford, Durnford, May, Vine (Wort, 81min), Bennett, Barker (Robinson, 89min). Att: 387