Gosport bid to cure travel sickness at leaders Wimbledon

Tim Snowden, centre
Tim Snowden, centre
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The mission to secure a first away win of the season continues for Gosport & Fareham as they go to Wimbledon in London one south tomorrow (2.30pm).

It’s a daunting prospect for any team, with the south London side top of the table and beaten only once in nine games.

The Blue & Golds are yet register a point on their travels and are missing some key men once again.

Five players, four of them forwards, are ruled out because they are playing for the Royal Navy under-23 side.

Gosport director of rugby Scott Ashley accepts it will be a tough test, and is disappointed to again be without key men.

‘It is frustrating because we are yet to field our strongest team away from home this season,’ said Ashley.

‘All I am looking at is the level of our performance.

‘Other teams around us are picking up points away from home, so it is important that we try to match that.

‘We have some very important games between now and Christmas because we want to go into the new year in the best position possible.

‘Our team have performed admirably at home but not been able to replicate it in our away games.

‘It is something that we know needs to be addressed.’

Ashley is hoping to have inspirational captain Tim Snowden back in the forwards after his hamstring problems.

Navy prop-forward Mark Jones may also be selected again.

But fellow prop Tom Blackburn is not available.

‘Every time we have gone away from home this season it has been with a weakened team,’ said Ashley.

‘We know that Wimbledon are strong up front so we are expecting it to be a battle.’

Hampshire two leaders Locks Heath Pumas travel to Southampton.

Pumas coach Jim Pearce saw his side beaten for the first time this season, when they fell at Romsey in the Hampshire Junior Vase.

‘How we cope with losing for the first time will be important,’ said Pearce.

‘Southampton are always tough opponents to play against.’

Fareham Heathens go to third-placed Millbrook in Hampshire one.