Bonus for Gosport & Fareham

Alex Heron. Picture: Sarah Standing (113782-4272)
Alex Heron. Picture: Sarah Standing (113782-4272)
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

Double trouble for heroic Heathens

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Gosport & Fareham picked up their first away point of the campaign in a 50-22 defeat at London one south leaders Wimbledon.

The Gosport Park side scored four tries in their best away performance so far.

Neil McRoberts was full of praise and felt his team didn’t deserve to lose by such a wide margin.

‘We picked up a thoroughly deserved point against the top team in our league,’ said the head coach.

‘For pretty much the whole of the game we matched them but some key decisions went against us at the wrong times.

‘Despite the result, the players can take a lot of pride from their performance. They deserved a lot more.’

The visitors, keen to make amends for a series of dismal away performances, started strongly and rocked Wimbledon.

They took the lead on nine minutes when winger Alex Heron latched onto a perfectly placed box kick from Wes Dugan to score.

Within five minutes Wayne Dugan added a second with a typically powerful burst through the home defence.

Tom Lewis added the conversion but Wimbledon hit back with a series of penalties and tries of their own.

Wes Dugan scored the visitors’ third try but it was the home side who led 23-17 at the break.

In the second half, the south London team stretched their lead before Gosport claimed their bonus-point try six minutes from the end.

Josh Juleff emerged from a catch-and-drive line-out to claim his first try of the season.

Hampshire two leaders Locks Heath Pumas squeezed to a 27-24 win in a physical test at Southampton.

‘At times we allowed ourselves to get involved in a bit of a scrap up front,’ said Pumas coach Jim Pearce.

‘When we ran the ball around we were able to get in behind them.

‘For the last eight minutes we were down to 14 men and they put us under unbearable pressure.

‘You couldn’t fault our defence, though, and we hung on for the win.’

Gareth Mansfield, Damien Sambrook, Liam Moggeridge and Matt Newton claimed the Pumas tries with Nick Di Stefano adding the other points via his boot.