Full-strength Gosport backed to sink Sidcup

Gosport & Fareham head coach Neil McRoberts. Picture: Sarah Standing (142624-8087)
Gosport & Fareham head coach Neil McRoberts. Picture: Sarah Standing (142624-8087)
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Gosport & Fareham hope to be at full strength as they aim to surprise fourth-placed hosts Sidcup in London one south tomorrow (2.30pm).

Neil McRoberts’ side are yet to win on their travels this season but the coach is optimistic that will soon change.

‘The mood in our camp is very positive after our last away game at league leaders Wimbledon,’ he said.

‘We may have lost the game but we caused them plenty of problems.

‘We showed we are easily good enough to play in this league.

‘That has given us a lot more confidence which we hope to take into the big games coming up before Christmas.

‘Having all our front-line players travelling should also make a difference.

‘Against Wimbledon, and again last week in the draw with Brighton, we started well.

‘We played with a high tempo and when we got our powerful runners going up the middle, neither of our opponents could handle it.

‘Our aim must be to do the same at Sidcup and cause them problems by carrying the ball into the heart of their defence.’

McRoberts is waiting on the availability of Army second row Ed Pascoe.

Meanwhile in Hampshire one, Fareham Heathens and Petersfield are in derby action at Cams Alders (2.30pm).

Hampshire two leaders Locks Heath Pumas face a tricky trip to Ventnor (2.30pm).

Coach Jim Pearce is expecting it to be the toughest test of the season for his men.

‘They have only lost once this season,’ he said.

‘They will be looking to bounce back from that defeat at our expense. We have had a break, though, and that has helped us get a few players back from injury.

‘Ventnor have a strong pack of forwards and we will need to front up to them.

‘We have trained well this week and the players are up for it.’

Stuart Forbes, Pumas’ top scorer with nine tries, returns in the centre.

Joel Stocker and Al Ainscough are back in the forwards following injury.

The visitors are without the experience of John Barfoot in their pack because of injury, though.