Gosport Borough took a big step towards a Conference South play-off place after an intense battle with Sutton United. The game finished 3-2 to the Boro’ and puts them within two places of a play-off place with a game in hand.
It took twenty minutes for Boro’ to break the deadlock after gradually finding their feet in the game. Bennett and Paterson combined with great one touch passing in the United box before Bennett hit a powerful shot that was well saved by Aaron Howe – but Paterson was in the right place to tap in the rebound.
It took just four minutes for Boro’ to double their lead. Andy Forbes through ball split the Sutton defence before Bennett got on the end of it and calmly chipped the finish over Howe, making that 30 for the season for the number 9.
The U’s did not just sit back, with a cross from the left finding Gomis’ head, only to hit the woodwork.
Sutton hit the post again just after half time, after a corner was met by Fitchett but was not close enough. Sutton really looked like getting back into it at this point, controlling the play. It took until the 60th minute to break the stubborn Boro’ defence; a long ball over the top was met by Scanell who put it through Ashmores legs.
Sutton pushed on for the equaliser throughout the second half with Dundas thinking he’d equalised in the final minute of the 90, only to realise it had hit the side netting.
Boro made it three shortly after with an injury time goal coming from a counter attack, Wooden who found himself unmarked, cutting in on his right and stroking it in the bottom corner.
Just as Gosport thought they had done enough to secure the points, Sutton responded again as substitute Hippolyte-Patrick was most alive to a
bouncing ball in the Boro’ area before ushering it over the line.
Boro held out for the remaining minutes, earning Pike’s side the precious three points.