Penfold the key man as Gosport eye win

Rory Penfold scorees a try for Gosport & Fareham
Rory Penfold scorees a try for Gosport & Fareham
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Rory Penfold will continue at outside-half as Gosport & Fareham’s search for their first league points in London one south continues at Cobham.

Penfold, usually a winger or full-back, moved into the number 10 berth earlier this season, and made an impressive showing.

He has impressed coach Barry Bridgeman, who has no qualms in continuing with him in the key position.

‘I think Rory has been playing very well,’ said Bridgeman.

‘His try at Chiswick was the highlight of that game and he scored an even better individual one in the last game.

‘He went from inside his own twenty-two, shrugged off a number of tackles and scored under the posts at the other end.

‘We played significantly better in places against high-flying CS Rugby.

‘If we can only stitch together the good bits into a longer period of play then we might get somewhere with it.

‘There were spells of good tackling, running, scrummaging and line-out play.

‘Unfortunately, they were interspersed with spells when the opposition ran through three, four and even five tackles which was rubbish.

‘As individuals the players are sometimes very good but at other times don’t stand up to the test.

‘That is where we are as a side at the moment.’

Gosport are still hoping to get influential centre Wes Dugan back from injury.

They are, however, without wing-forward Max Page (shoulder injury) and number eight Ben Roberts (Navy under-23 duties).

Fareham Heathens are keen to get back into action as they travel to Romsey in Snows Group Hampshire one.

The visitors are looking to bounce back to winning ways after suffering their first defeat of the season against New Milton & District.

Although they didn’t have a league game last weekend, Heathens put in an encouraging performance against Tottonians’ second team.

‘I am looking for us to turn our good rugby into points,’ said senior coach Chris Hart.

‘The next few weeks could prove crucial in our bid to launch a title bid.’

Locksheath Pumas are another side looking to return to winning ways in Hampshire two.