I like Havant doing well, but not against us

Gosport's Vetaia Veiteve with Havant's Loz Blackburn. Picture: Paul Jacobs
Gosport's Vetaia Veiteve with Havant's Loz Blackburn. Picture: Paul Jacobs
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

Double trouble for heroic Heathens

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Gosport & Fareham coach Mark Wells felt his side were outmuscled in the breakdown as they lost their recent ascendancy over Havant.

The home side started well and within four minutes skipper Tim Snowden was driven over from a line-out for a try which Alex Duncombe converted.

Snowden repeated the trick on the stroke of half-time to send his side into the break in the lead.

Despite another Duncombe penalty at the start of the second half they couldn’t contain the visitors, who ran out comfortable winners.

‘It was fiercely contested,’ said Gosport & Fareham coach Mark Wells.

‘I’m really pleased Havant have done well in their first couple of games – I just don’t like it that they’ve won against us.

‘I hate that – I hate it with a vengeance – but it is good to see them back at a competitive level.

‘We did better than we did in our first game but it’s clear we are rusty and we are just not ferocious enough.

‘The game was competitive and Havant were more ferocious than us at the breakdown situation, more aggressive and more competitive.

‘We started well with a good try and got one at the end of the half but in between, when we had the ball, we didn’t do anything with it. Havant had 65 per cent of the first half.

‘Havant have always been competitive and that’s why they’ve been several leagues better than Gosport & Fareham. They know how to win and survive – they are gritty.’