Ashley feels rampant Gosport & Fareham are starting to click

Wes Dugan gets Gosport moving. Picture: Roger Smith
Wes Dugan gets Gosport moving. Picture: Roger Smith
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Gosport & Fareham stormed to the top of London Two South West with a 61-17 home win over Effingham & Leatherhead.

The unbeaten home side had the contest wrapped up by half-time after establishing a 30-0 lead.

It was another powerful display from Scott Ashley’s team.

They look determined to launch a challenge for a quick return to London one south after last season’s relegation.

Ashley feels Gosport have taken their level up a notch with the latest success.

He said: ‘Our last couple of performances have not been convincing even though we won them with bonus points.

‘In this match things started to click together and our game management was very good.

‘We showed the ability to change things when we needed to and adapt different styles.

‘Our tries came from tight play up the middle by the forwards and also wide out when we played a more expansive game.’

Three Alex Duncombe penalties in the opening 15 minutes allowed Gosport to relax and then really turn on the style.

Chris Thompson went over for the first try with Duncombe converting.

That took Gosport’s lead to 16-0 midway through the half.

Then it was time for the Dugans to take over.

Wayne and Wes each crossed for quick-fire tries before half-time.

Though the visitors kept plugging away, the floodgates opened in the second period.

Half-time replacement winger Jordan Humphreys powered over and further tries were added by Gareth Jones, Thompson, Sam Foster and Loz Whadham.

Ashley has warned the league there is still more to come from his troops.

He said: ‘There is still room for improvement.

‘The big difference this season is the depth that we have in our squad.

‘There is so much competition for places it is unbelievable.

‘And we still have more players to come back.

‘After the trials and tribulations of last season it is good to see the players coming off the pitch congratulating each other.

‘Even more importantly they are playing with smiles on their faces.’