Pike thrilled as Gosport march on

Jamie Brown hit the Gosport winner. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133613-305)
Jamie Brown hit the Gosport winner. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133613-305)
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Manager Alex Pike was delighted to see the game plan executed as Gosport Borough recorded a 1-0 win against Hungerford Town in the FA Trophy.

A ‘special goal’ from Jamie Brown and Nathan Ashmore’s penalty save sent the Privett Park outfit through to the last eight of the competition.

Brown scored on 76 minutes at Bulpit Lane.

Gosport then relied on Ashmore’s save to remain on course for a Wembley appearance.

Pike was happy with the way his players set about the task.

He said: ‘We knew it would be a difficult place to come to get a result but the lads stuck to the game plan and here we are into the quarter finals.

‘From where I stood, I thought we deserved not one but two penalties – with a handball in the area and also when Dan Wooden was pushed over.

‘Our goal was something very special and once Nathan Ashmore had saved the penalty, it was a question of seeing out the last 10 minutes or so, which we did.’

Ashmore more than played his part in Borough’s fine victory, several times risking injury when racing out to meet former Privett Park colleague Dean Stow in full flight.

That was when Stow looked favourite to put the Southern League outfit in the driving seat.

The closest Hungerford came to beating the Gosport keeper was when striker Steve Brown’s header flicked the crossbar.

Meanwhile, at the other end, Rory Williams and Wooden were running the Hungerford defence ragged.

They constantly tormented the hosts with their impressive attacking play.

But the nearest Borough came to a goal in the first period was a chance right on the half-time whistle.

A neat flick from Tom Dunford struck the underside of the crossbar and dropped down into the hands of keeper Paul Studley.

The goal that won it for Borough was pure quality.

It was created by Sammy Igoe’s perfectly measured free-kick that dropped into the path of Brown who, in one superb movement, put his right boot through the ball and volleyed it high into the back of the Hungerford net.

Almost before the celebrations were over – and having been denied a penalty earlier when Wooden was crudely manhandled – Borough found themselves relying on Ashmore to do what he could to maintain the slender lead.

The referee pointed to the spot after Brown was adjudged to have fouled Hungerford’s Mark Draper.

With the home fans already in celebration mode, Ashmore dived away to his right to beat the well-struck effort from Hungerford skipper Matt Day aside and secure Gosport’s victory.

Hungerford Town: Strudley, Hughes, Legg, Boardman, Day, Brewer, Stow, Herring, Brown, Draper, O’Brien. Subs: Goodger, Burnell, Stanley, Gray, Clark.

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Woodward, Forbes, Brown, Molyneaux, Pearce, Igoe, Smith, Wooden, Williams, Dunford. Subs: Sills, Bennett, Wilde, Barton, Barfoot.