Gosport ease to victory

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Gosport & Fareham hauled themselves out of the London one south relegation zone with an emphatic 44-7 win over bottom club Old Colfeians at Gosport Park.

The home side climbed three places to 10th with this seven-try bonus-point win.

Gosport’s onslaught began with a try inside 72 seconds from skipper Ben Madigan.

Alex Duncombe failed with his dropped-kick conversion, after leaving his kicking tee in the changing room.

With the tee located, Duncombe knocked over a penalty before the visitors hit back with a try, taking the score to 8-7 to the home side.

Once Mark Pollard smashed his way over for a 27th-minute try, though, there was only ever going to be one winner.

Playing with determination and commitment, Gosport added a Wes Dugan try to lead 18-7 at the break.

In the second half, Gosport added four more tries.

Chris Thompson, on his return from three weeks in Australia with the Navy RFU, got the fourth try.

Further scores from Tim Snowden, Alex Heron and Dugan sealed the emphatic victory.

United Services inflicted a first Hampshire one defeat of the season on Andover at Burnaby Road.

The visitors arrived late and Services made the better start, with a Jake Webster penalty followed by a try from winger Lewis Andrews.

Andrews reacted quickest when Andover fumbled in midfield and scampered in unopposed, with Webster adding the conversion.

The visitors pulled back to 8-5 at the interval and the second half proved equally as tight.

Both sides exchanged penalties before veteran coach Simon Burns went over in the corner for a crucial winning score.

‘It was a good all-round performance to combat a physical Andover test,’ said Burns.

‘Debut-making hooker Andy Tart and scrum-half Gregor Irvine were influential for us.’

The win sees Services leapfrog over their visitors into third place behind New Milton and Fordingbridge.

In Hampshire two, Southsea Nomads stormed to a 61-0 win over Stoneham.

Locks Heath Pumas saw off Fareham Heathens 15-10.