Ryan Pennery hailed after striking show for Gosport Borough

Gosport Borough striker Ryan Pennery. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
Gosport Borough striker Ryan Pennery. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
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Ryan Pennery fired Gosport Borough to a 6-3 Southern League premier division south win over Metropolitan Police at Privett Park on Saturday.

Pat Suraci grabbed a brace with player-coach Matt Tubbs also finding the net on his debut.

Manager Craig McAllister was delighted to see his side maintain their perfect home record.

‘It was an exciting game for everyone concerned,’ said the boss.

‘The lads showed great spirit to hit back after conceding an early goal.

‘Some of our forward play was immense.

‘Ryan produced an all-round striker’s performance.

‘He might have had a bit of luck with the penalty but his second goal was class.

‘I am happy for him because he had been getting a bit frustrated in recent weeks.

‘He has got pace and now we are starting to get him using that pace to make runs off the shoulder of defenders.

‘We are sure he can score 30 goals a season doing that.

‘If he continues to put himself in the right places the chances will keep coming.’

Borough fell behind twice in the first half.

Suraci cancelled the opener out with a terrific 20-yard strike on nine minutes.

But Borough fell behind again before hitting back to lead 4-2 at the break.

‘We all know we have to be better defensively,’ added McAllister.

‘A lack of concentration at times is causing us problems.

‘We are desperate to keep a clean sheet.’

Bognor remain unbeaten in the Bostik League premier division after a 3-1 win against 10-man Kingstonian at Nyewood Lane.

The Rocks took the lead on 15 minutes when Pompey loanee Dan Smith fired a first-time shot into the roof of the net from six yards.

Elliott Buchanan levelled a minute before the break but a long-range second from Smith saw Bognor regain the lead on 66 minutes.

The K’s were reduced to 10 men on 84 minutes.

And Bradley Lethbridge – another Blues loanee – took advantage with a third Rocks goal in stoppage-time.