Basic errors prove costly for depleted Gosport

Gosport paid for mistakes. Picture: Sarah Standing (141230-3557)
Gosport paid for mistakes. Picture: Sarah Standing (141230-3557)
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

Double trouble for heroic Heathens

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It was another miserable away performance for Gosport & Fareham as they lost 56-0 at Chobham in London one south.

The visitors were without several key players due to injury, as well as unavailability.

Navy under-23 players Rory Penfold, Mark Jones and Ben Roberts were all ruled out but, frustratingly, their match against Tottonians II was then cancelled.

Those who were asked to step up from the lower ranks for Gosport quickly found out how tough matches in the division can be.

Gosport & Fareham prop Tim Snowden admitted basic errors were costly, as has been the case in other matches this season.

He felt they made the home side look better than they actually are.

‘It was a tough game for us,’ said Snowden.

‘We were unable to field our strongest team and were missing a few key players, especially in the second row and back row.

‘That was the difference.Teams like Chobham can punish you and they played to their strengths and we got found out a little bit.

‘It was simple errors that we have been making the last few weeks that cost us.

‘All the defeats we have had this season have been down to really simple things such as tackling high and missed tackles.

‘It’s not a mountain we have to climb – it’s the small bits and we can definitely make it work in training and then we can get back on track.

‘Chobham had a strong pack but we made them look better than they were.’

Meanwhile, Locks Heath Pumas maintained their two-point lead at the top of Hampshire two with a 40-0 home win over Fawley.

Pumas coach Jim Pearce felt the team were better in the second half, after a poor opening period.

He said: ‘After scoring a try in the first seven minutes we started to beat ourselves by forcing things.

‘Once we started running straight and hard, the tries came.’

Ben Chambers scored two tries for Pumas. Gareth Mansfield, Stuart Forbes, John Barfoot and Matt Newton also touched down.

Nick Di Stefano kicked 10 points.