Gosport still at risk after Charlton defeat

Neil McRoberts. ''Picture: Sarah Standing
Neil McRoberts. ''Picture: Sarah Standing
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Gosport & Fareham’s London One south status is at risk following their poor 27-12 defeat at Charlton Park.

Needing a win or draw to stay up, the visitors produced an abject performance, which leaves them in trouble.

Coach Neil McRoberts takes his team to already-relegated Hove next Saturday looking to avoid an embarrassing defeat that could send them down.

‘It was probably one of our worst away performances of the season in the context of the team we had out on paper today,’ said McRoberts.

‘We just lacked the sheer heart to win a game of rugby.

‘You can be the best team in the world but if the opposition want it more than you do then you are not going to win.

‘The players let themselves down and they know that.

‘They turned up like it was their god-given right to win and as a result came unstuck.’

Gosport trailed 10-5 at the interval with Chris Thompson scoring their first-half try but then conceded another poor try straight after the restart.

Tim Snowden managed to snatch a second Gosport try but they finished up well beaten.

‘We got what we deserved and that was nothing,’ said McRoberts.

‘At Hove we have to make sure we want to stay in this league badly enough.

‘If we don’t, then we could end up with embarrassing egg on our face and straight back down in London Two south west.

‘It is a big week coming up but the players have made a commitment and need to make sure they front up and do the business.’

Hampshire Two champions Locks Heath Pumas finished their campaign in style 
with a 54-5 victory over Alresford.

Ben Chambers and Stuart Forbes both claimed try hat-tricks, with Nic Di Stefano and Harry Cripps also crossing.

Stefano added seven conversions as the Pumas stormed home.

‘It is the best possible way to finish off the season,’ said coach Jim Pearce.

‘Our title and promotion is the culmination of three years hard work.

‘I am proud of what the players have achieved.’