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Matt Smith, left, and Wes Dugan, right, had outstanding games in Gosport's win over Effingham & Leatherhead
Matt Smith, left, and Wes Dugan, right, had outstanding games in Gosport's win over Effingham & Leatherhead
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Gosport & Fareham destroyed Effingham & Leatherhead in a seven-try spree, winning 47-3 to maintain their six-point lead at the top of London south-west two.

Three converted tries in the first-half set the platform for Mark Wells’ side as they stormed to a 19-3 lead at the break.

And the visitors refused to let up in the second period, powering on to add four more tries – all of which were converted by Alex Duncombe.

‘That’s probably the best we have played all season,’ said head-coach Wells.

‘Our mindset away from home was good from the start.

‘Last season we tended to be timid away from home when it’s about being able to grind out a result.

‘We have a different game plan and structure away from Gosport Park and that’s the trick. You have to be strong mentally and we are getting to be that.

‘We played the game at a good pace and did things well.

‘At times it got a little erratic but, generally, the whole team played well.’

Winger Alex Heron set the ball rolling with a sixth-minute try converted by Duncombe, before Wes Dugan added another converted try midway through the half.

Heron grabbed his second converted try two minutes before half-time to extend his side’s lead.

‘We dominated from start to finish and were clinical in everything we did,’ explained Wells.

‘Even in the final minutes when they were throwing everything at our line, we held out not to concede a try.

‘We’ve come away as a completely different side to the one we were six weeks ago.

‘The whole approach from the players and support staff is much sharper and it shows.

‘There were outstanding performances, and while I don’t like to single out any individuals, I thought Matt Smith had an outstanding game.’

No8 Matt Flower confirmed Gosport’s superiority with a try at the start of the second half, with the immaculate Duncombe again adding the extra points.

Dugan soon crossed for his second touchdown, and two tries in three minutes midway through the second period saw the visitors power away.

Prop-forward Ash Burton and centre Dugan were the scorers to leave the visitors cruising in the final stages.

The win gave Gosport & Fareham their third success on their travels this season – in contrast to last year, when they managed only one win on the road all season.