Gosport are defeated as poor start is costly

Barry Bridgman. Picture: Neil Marshall
Barry Bridgman. Picture: Neil Marshall
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GOSPORT & FAREHAM never recovered from conceding early points in their 52-5 London one south defeat at Chobham.

Two tries in the opening nine minutes immediately put the visitors on the back foot.

Though Wayne Dugan hit back with a 17th-minute try, by half-time the hosts had established a 28-5 lead.

In the second half Chobham scored four unanswered tries condemning the blue & golds to their 19th defeat in 20 matches this season.

‘It was not one of our better performances,’ said head coach Barry Bridgman.

‘We conceded a soft try after just 42 seconds and were chasing the game from that point.

‘Once again we were outgunned up front and all the ball we won was going backwards.

‘Chobham were an average team and I felt we could have done a lot better against them.

‘We had spells in the game when we did okay but we have played better this season and lost by more.’

Dugan’s try came after the visiting forwards had five or six unsuccessful drives at the line.

Finally they swung the ball out and Dugan evaded the tackles to force his way over.

‘We seem to think that we can batter our way through but are not big enough to do that,’ said Bridgman.

‘That is one of our downfalls.’

Locks Heath Pumas were overpowered by league-leaders Alresford who won 57-0 at Brookfield School in Hampshire two.

Fareham Heathens went down to a narrow 19-15 defeat in a friendly against Tottonians II.