Dugan duo key to Gosport’s progress

Wayne Dugan and brother Wes have been key players for Gosport & Fareham this season
Wayne Dugan and brother Wes have been key players for Gosport & Fareham this season
Gosport and Fareham on the attack in their win over Farnham / Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Backs-to-wall effort sees Gosport hold what they have

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The Dugan brothers, Wes and Wayne, can help keep Gosport & Fareham’s London two south west bandwagon rolling at London Cornish (3pm).

The powerful duo have played a big part in their side’s three-match unbeaten start to the new campaign.

It’s the perfect response following the disappointment of last season’s relegation.

‘I don’t like to pick out individuals because the whole squad have played their part,’ said head coach Scott Ashley.

‘The two Dugans, though, have been a real force.

‘They have both come through our junior ranks and centre Wayne, at 25, is showing an increased maturity in his game. He is proving to be a real leader on the pitch.

‘I personally believe his centre partnership with Sam Foster is the best in our league.

‘Scrum-half Wes is a robust character and plays like an extra back-row player.

‘He gives us a powerful presence at the base of the scrum in both attack and defence.’

Ashley believes his side will need to step up a level if they are to maintain their unbeaten start.

The win against Trojans last weekend was comfortable enough in the end but the performance was not the best.

The coach is boosted by a number of players returning after unavailability, giving him increased options.

‘The extra depth allows us to bring in a new dimension,’ said Ashley.

‘We learned last season that you have to have this in order to maintain consistency throughout a long campaign.’

Mid-table London Cornish have good experience at this level and should provide Ashley’s side with a good test.