Focused Gosport take encouragement from performance at Sutton & Epsom

Mark Pollard scored a try for Gosport & Fareham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Mark Pollard scored a try for Gosport & Fareham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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

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There was plenty to be positive about for Gosport & Fareham despite a 37-14 London one south defeat at Sutton & Epsom.

Coach Neil McRoberts felt his team competed well and didn’t deserve to come away from the match against the top side empty handed.

Everyone was focused, positive and determined to knuckle down and do their jobs

Neil McRoberts

He said: ‘First and foremost we were looking for a performance and the players provided it.

‘I was disappointed for the players because a few harsh decisions went against them.

‘The difference was apparent from the moment we got on the coach to go up to London.

‘Everyone was focused, positive and determined to knuckle down and do their jobs.

‘For long periods of the game we were competitive and the players regained a lot of confidence in their ability.’

The two teams swapped early penalties with Alex Duncombe on the mark for the visitors.

An excellent passage of play ended with Mark Pollard crossing for a try, with Duncombe adding the points to give the visitors a 10-5 lead.

Sutton & Epsom responded with a series of quick scores but the Blue and Golds kept their heads up and hit back with a Ben Roberts try.

‘The players showed their commitment on the way back by requesting an extra training session this week,’ said McRoberts.

Fareham Heathens coach Bernie Rhodes regarded their 35-17 Hampshire one win at Fordingbridge as awesome.

‘The players were immense,’ said Rhodes.

‘It was the best game I have seen them play as their coach.

‘We stuck to our game plan and maintained our discipline throughout to come away with a well-deserved win.’

Cam Guthrie slotted over an early penalty before full-back Ryan Keary went over for the first of his two tries.

Before half-time Keary went over again, Guthrie added another penalty and right-wing Steve Devoy powered over in the corner.

Heathens led 21-10 at the break but the hosts reduced the lead to four points at the start of the second half.

‘At that point there was a danger we would capitulate,’ said Rhodes.

‘Instead, the players stuck to their task and went on to win.’

Devoy notched his second try with Guthrie again adding the points.

Guthrie finished off a fine afternoon by swallow-diving over for a final try which he converted himself, five minutes from time.

Locks Heath Pumas suffered a 28-17 home reverse against Chineham.