Gosport challenged to deliver away-day boost

Gosport's Tim Snowden. Picture: Sarah Standing (141230-3557)

Gosport's Tim Snowden. Picture: Sarah Standing (141230-3557)

Liam Williams sets off from his own 22 to lay on Sean O'Brien's try during the first test of the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour at Eden Park, Auckland

Former Lions forward insists it’s time to get physical

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Neil McRoberts is looking for Gosport & Fareham to raise their game at Chobham in London one south.

The Gosport Park outfit have suffered a nightmare time on their travels and are yet to pick up any points away from home.

Head coach McRoberts knows that must change sooner rather than later but he recognises the threat fourth-placed Chobham pose.

He said: ‘We need to step up to the plate away from home.

‘Our home form can’t be faulted but it has been a totally different story away from Gosport Park.

‘At the moment we are eight points above the final relegation place but with some difficult games coming up that can soon be eroded.

‘We can’t afford to keep ending up with nothing to show from our away games.’

McRoberts has been hit by the loss of four first-choice forwards to navy under-23 duties.

Ben Roberts, Rory Penfold and new arrivals Ed Pascoe and Harrison Marsh are all missing.

There are also doubts over the fitness of captain Tim Snowden, who has a hamstring problem.

Unbeaten Hampshire two leaders Locks Heath Pumas entertain Fawley (2.30pm).

‘It is only our second home game of the season and we want to lay a marker down for our supporters,’ said Pumas coach Jim Pearce.

‘We know we can’t afford to let any complacency to creep in because we are now there to be shot at.

‘With that in mind the players regrouped this week because we have a tough run of games between now and Christmas.

‘Fawley have proved to be a bit of a bogey side in recent years and we never seem to play to our full potential against them.

‘I am hoping it will be different this time.’

Pumas have reshuffled their front row with Kent Streek and Alex Ainscow moving up to prop and Freddie Hoare returning from injury at hooker.

The experienced John Barfoot is set to make his home debut at number eight.

Pumas are also boosted by the return of half-backs Nick DeStefano and Ben Chambers from injury, while winger Stuart Forbes is looking to add to his impressive eight-try tally from four games.

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