Gosport Borough survived a fight to the depth at Privett Park against Sutton United on Tuesday night and now move within just two points of a play-off place with a game in hand.
Boro’ took the lead after a 20th minute goal from Paterson. He and Bennett combined with a series of one touch passes to dissect the Sutton defence. Bennett’s initial shot was saved, but Paterson was there to help his partner in crime out and tapped the rebound home.
Four minutes later Bennett netted his 30th of the season after leaching on to a Forbes through ball and chipping the finish calmly over the advancing Howe. Bennett was quick to play down his achievement, saying; “It’s a pleasure to get 30 goals for the season, but there is still games to be played and we want to make sure we’re in that play-off place”.
Boro’ seemed to take their foot of the gas a bit after the second goal, inviting pressure from United, who hit the woodwork twice before Scanell’s 60th minute goal.
Despite the pressure, the Gosport defence held firm for the entire second half, before finally they caught Sutton on the break in injury time. Wooden found himself all alone on the left hand side, before cutting in and stroking home the third. Sutton did reply with a second goal by substitute Hippolyte-Patrick, but by then it was too late for the U’s.
A very happy Boro’ manager Pike had nothing but praise for his back four after the game; “the defence were absolutely key to this victory, we let our heads slip after our second goal but they kept us in it.” He also went on to praise top scorer Bennett “Justin is just fantastic, everyone at this club knows that. If he carry’s on like this I’m sure we will make the play-offs.”