All is Wells for Gosport

Wayne Dugan
Wayne Dugan
England's Vickil Cornborough is tackled by Scotland's Karen Dunbar during the Women's Six Nations match at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld. PPP-171108-170224001

Cornborough helps England notch first victory

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Leaders Gosport & Fareham continued their powerful form with a 36-5 win at Old Alleynians in London two south west.

On a difficult day the visitors proved they can adapt when things don’t go smoothly.

‘It wasn’t an easy day for us but we coped with the problems well,’ said director of rugby Mark Wells.

‘The London traffic was horrendous and one of our players didn’t get there until late.

‘The referee also broke down on the way and with the kick-off delayed we finished up almost playing in the dark.

‘Half of the pitch was under water and things could easily have gone wrong for us.

‘Instead the players put in a good team performance to earn a deserved bonus point win.’

In a competitive opening 40 minutes, Wayne Dugan went over for an early try, converted by Loz Wadham, before the hosts hit back with a try of their own.

Tim Snowdon stretched the visitors lead to 12-5 before half-time with a catch and drive try.

Old Alleynians provided spirited resistance but within five minutes of the restart Gosport & Fareham had put the game to bed.

Replacement prop forward Jordan McIntyre and Wes Dugan went over for two quick-fire tries with Jordan Henderson and Sean Sheppard adding further touchdowns before the end.

‘Matt Flower and Sean Sheppard, back from his Hampshire-under 18 duties, were outstanding for us,’ said Wells.

A lack of composure in the closing stages led to Locks Heath Pumas surrendering their unbeaten home record, losing 27-18 against Fawley.

Some poor tackling and a stream of penalties allowed the Oilmen to inflict only a second defeat of the season for the hosts.

Pumas scored a try when Julian Beard charged down a Fawley clearance and Matt Lawrence drove over.

A Damo Sambrook try put the Pumas in charge but Fawley hit back to win.

Fareham Heathens inflicted a first defeat of the season on Hampshire two leaders Petersfield with a 15-0 win.