Gosport cannot afford to stumble again

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It is make-or-break time for Gosport & Fareham as they continue their London one south survival bid at Beckenham.

Scott Ashley’s men let themselves down last weekend, losing to basement side Old Colfeians and need to make amends.

Ashley knows his team are in the last-chance saloon as a result.

Last week’s loss was a huge disappointment, coming after two successive home wins had revived Gosport’s hopes of avoiding relegation.

At the same time, fellow strugglers Beckenham were boosting their own chances of staying up with a 25-13 win against Hove.

Gosport cannot afford more slip-ups and need to get a result at Beckenham if they are to stay in with a chance.

‘This is a make-or-break game which we must win to keep our survival chances alive,’ said Ashley.

‘I would say it is a four-horse race for relegation involving us, Havant, Beckenham and Cobham.

‘There are still nine weeks to go, so it isn’t over by a long way.

‘We need to draw a line under what happened at Old Colfeians and be prepared to go again.

‘It was hugely disappointing because it was a game we targeted to win.

‘In the end, we scraped a bonus point and things are so tight in our league, that could prove crucial come the end of the season.’

The visitors hope to welcome back Sam Foster at outside-half and Ryan Thorne at full-back.

Gosport currently occupy the final relegation spot, three points behind Havant and eight adrift of Beckenham.

With seven games remaining it promises to be a tense finish.

‘It is a long trip to Beckenham and we must target the game properly to get the win we need,’ said Ashley.

‘We will need to ensure that we don’t concede any soft tries.’

Gosport will need to improve on their defending from last week.

‘Our tackle count wasn’t good enough,’ added Ashley.

The return of Foster at outside-half will help the organisation in that area and boost the chances of Gosport getting a result.

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