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.
Match Prelim: Gosport Borough vs Sutton United. Tuesday 17th February 2015
Gosport Borough take on Sutton United on Tuesday night as they try and close the gap on the play-off places. The Boro’ go into the game on the back of an impressive 3-1 win over Bath City, after going a goal down. Goals from Bennett and Wooden made sure Boro’ took all the points. Gosport are still four points a drift of that precious play-off place with only two wins from their last five games, nothing but a win will do for Alex Pike’s men.
Sutton are making the short trip down the A3 hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 loss to Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday. Sutton currently sit 15th in the league, with midfielder Glen Southam suspended and Jamie White likely to miss the game after being taken of with a hamstring injury on Saturday.
The Boro’ are likely to be without Brett Poate after he picked up an injury at Bath City. However they will have Justin Bennet leading the line and looking for his 30th goal of the season, the number 9 is in fantastic form for Boro’ and if anyone can grab this game by the scruff of the neck, its him. Last years fixture ended 2-2 in a game that was played in monsoon like weather conditions, with Boro’ giving away a two-goal lead.
The Gosport boys will be hoping for better weather and to take all three points this time round as they look to really hit the ground running with only 12 games remaining to secure a place in the play-offs. Boro’ haven’t lost at home since September, against Whitehawk and will be expecting business as usual on Tuesday night.