10-men Borough hit by Gosport

Sam Cole
Sam Cole

Eastbourne Borough suffered their fourth consecutive defeat as lowly Gosport Borough picked up all three points at Priory Lane on Saturday.

A brace by Justin Bennett and a penalty by Brett Poate were enough for the visitors who – like their Tommy Widdrington’s men – finished the game with ten men.

Brett gave Gosport the lead in the 21st minute with a powerful penalty, after Mike Gosney was brought down by Craig Ross, who was yellow carded for the foul.

There was controversy just prior to the half hour mark, when Sam Cole was given his marching orders, after a strong challenge on Rory Williams. Manager Widrington was appalled at the decision as he believed his player had won the ball.

Borough responded well and levelled a minute before the interval, with Tom Derry scoring a fantastic looped header from eight yards.

Gosport were back ahead three minutes after the restart as Bennett scored his 195th goal for the club, after a delightful turn and shot from Gosney’s left wing cross.

Elvis Hammond could have drawn his side level but fired over from six yards when presented with a great chance just before the hour.

Bennett almost grabbed his second of the game with an audacious headed effort from 20 yards and five minutes from time, Tim Sills fired a first time shot straight at Ross.

Bennett sealed the win in the last minute with a composed finish from eight yards.

Just before the whistle Sills was red carded in stoppage time for an elbow on Stacy Long.

Borough are 10th in the table on 54 points from 39 on Easter Friday they travel to Ebbsfleet United.