Gosport Borough resilience hailed after defeat of Staines in Southern League
Craig McAllister hailed the resilience of Gosport Borough as they notched back-to-back home wins inÂ Southern League premier division south on Saturday.
The Privett Park outfit claimed a 2-1 victory over against Staines Town '“Â with the player-boss and Pat Suraci on target.
McAllister was delighted with the response toÂ the previous week's dire defeatÂ at Merthyr Town.
He said: '˜This was such a difference to our last game.Â We competed, got in people's faces and made tackles.
'˜Defending has to mean something and at times we defended with our lives.
'˜Opponents at this level are going to keep coming at you.
'˜Staines did that but we showed great resilience.
'˜We worked our socks off and got what we deserved which was the three points.
'˜Our home form last season wasn't the greatest.
'˜We have said we need to turn Privett Park into a fortress. It has to be a difficult place for teams to come.'
Suraci set up the opening goal for McAllister after seven minutes.
The midfielder provided a looping cross for the striker to head into the bottom right-hand corner.
Eight minutes later the roles were reversed with McAllister sliding the ball through toÂ Suraci to net.
Harry Stow pulled a goal back in the dying seconds but Borough held on for a deserved win.
McAllister added: '˜Every game we win helps grow confidence.
'˜Once we win three or four on the bounce you will see a different side.
'˜Pat was great for us and showed his ability to create things out of nothing.
'˜He can set up chances and score them.'
Borough will beÂ looking to pick up their first away point of the season at derby rivals Basingstoke Town todayÂ (3pm).
'˜Basingstoke have been together as a side for a few years,'Â said McAllister.
'˜They will work hard and we have to go there and match them. It is importantÂ we keep doing the basics.'
Rob Flooks is ruled out with a suspected broken rib. BoroughÂ are also waiting on the fitness of defender Lucas McCartney, who made a good debut against Staines.
Bognor maintained their unbeaten start inÂ the Bostik League premier division with a 1-1 draw at AFC Hornchurch.
Pompey loanee DanÂ Smith headed the Rocks into a 37th-minute lead but the home side levelled four minutes after the break.