McRoberts: Gosport are up for the battle against leaders

Gosport are ready to take on the leaders. Picture: Sarah Standing (141230-3557)
Gosport are ready to take on the leaders. Picture: Sarah Standing (141230-3557)
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Even though George V proclaimed all German titles were to be given up by his family a century ago (July 17 1917), there is still physical evidence in our city of the Germanic royal house that once existed. Two commemoration stones relating to members of the royal house previous to the House of Windsor are so readily a part of the fabric of our daily lives but are probably in the most part overlooked.

A walk along Queen Street and on the corner with Aylward Street will present a building with a foundation stone that was laid by HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg in 1912. This was the married title of Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice which was relinquished on 14 July 1917. From 17 July 1917 she was known as HRH the Princess Beatrice.

A visit to Sainsburys foyer in Commercial Road will provide the opportunity to see a commemoration stone for the opening of the Child's Ward of the Royal Hospital in 1909 by HH Princess Victoria of Schleswig

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Determined Gosport & Fareham are aiming to upset London one south leaders Wimbledon at Gosport Park.

After running second-placed Chobham close last weekend, Gosport head coach Neil McRoberts revealed his team are itching to have a go at the leaders.

Gosport Park can be an intimidating venue for any visiting team when the vociferous home crowd get behind their team.

McRoberts hopes that can play a big part as his men aim to continue their impressive run of form.

Since Christmas Gosport have improved dramatically, producing a string of impressive performances to pull away from the relegation zone.

‘We will go into this game with a degree of confidence because of the way we have been playing since the turn of the year,’ said McRoberts.

‘At the same time, we appreciate Wimbledon are not league leaders for nothing.

‘We are fielding pretty much our strongest starting line-up and have a belief we can get something from the game.’

Skipper Tim Snowden moves back into the hooker position, with wing-forward Ed Pascoe back from an ankle injury.

Gosport’s other wing-forward, Ben Madigan, returns after a two-week absence.

The three-quarters remain unchanged as the hosts look to prevent Wimbledon from playing their expansive game.

Meanwhile in Hampshire two, unbeaten leaders Locks Heath Pumas should move closer to the title by winning at lowly Aldershot & Fleet.

Coach Jim Pearce believes his team are getting back to their best.

‘We played some of our best rugby of the season against Southampton,’ said Pearce.

‘Our opponents this week are near the bottom but we can’t afford to take anything for granted.

‘Their pitch is likely to be very heavy and that could prove a great leveller.’

Pumas have Freddie Hoare, Gavin Hart and Tom Chance all unavailable so will need to make changes.

Pearce hopes to have experienced forwards Harry Cripps and Jon Barfoot back in the ranks to help bolster the ranks.