Gosport keen to build on Twickenham win

Gosport & Fareham coach Neil McRoberts
Gosport & Fareham coach Neil McRoberts
Luke Barfoot will make his 100th league appearance. Picture: Neil Marshall

Havant hope normal service will resume at home

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Gosport & Fareham make the short trip along the south coast for their London one south encounter against Brighton (2pm).

The Blue & Golds hauled themselves out of the relegation places with a confident home win over Twickenham last weekend.

Senior coach Neil McRoberts insists it is important his team build on that by getting something at seventh-placed Brighton.

His side, though, will have to improve on their away performances so far this season, having lost all six games on the road.

‘The home wins in recent weeks have been a testimony to how the guys have knuckled down,’ said McRoberts.

‘We’ve had two good home wins in difficult conditions.

‘Against Twickenham we put in a sparkling first-half display and will need to start on the front foot again at Brighton.

‘It is important we maintain our level of performance in the games ahead.

‘Getting out of the bottom three gives everyone at the club a boost and the next couple of weeks will be important.

‘I am looking for us to go into our big local derby against Havant next weekend with a positive performance behind us.’

Fareham Heathens return to Hampshire one action following a two-week break against the Isle of Wight at Cams Alders.

Coach Bernie Rhodes is forced to make changes in the three-quarters, where centres Johnnie Stoppard and Rob Impey are unavailable.

Richard Green moves from prop-forward into the centre, and Marc Oak partners him after a year away with the forces. Jashan Solanki returns as a replacement following injury.

‘Both the players coming into the centre are strong, ball carriers,’ said Rhodes.

‘It will give us a powerful midfield and there are no real changes in our forwards.

‘Our opponents have not won away from home all season but we won’t be taking anything for granted.

‘Conditions are likely to be difficult and I am expecting a tough game.’

In an other Hampshire one encounter, Petersfield host Farnborough at Penns Place.

Southsea go to Southampton in Hampshire two.