Life’s a beach for Portsmouth coach

Ian Chandler. Picture: Mick Young (112783-15)
Ian Chandler. Picture: Mick Young (112783-15)
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

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Portsmouth coach Ian Chandler went for a long walk on the beach after his side suffered a 36-10 London South drubbing at Effingham & Leatherhead.

The Rugby Camp supremo needed time to gather his thoughts during what is proving to be a difficult time at the club.

‘I needed to find some solitude after that,’ he said.

‘The second half was probably the worst I have ever seen us play.

‘The players are trying too hard and it isn’t coming off.

‘We are guilty of trying to force things and getting frustrated when things don’t work.’

That was clearly evident after Portsmouth fell behind just before half-time.

With the scores level at 3-3, the Rugby Camp outfit were attacking – only to concede a penalty which the home side kicked to touch on half-way.

From the line-out, Effingham scored a try under the posts and went into the break 10-3 ahead.

After that setback, Portsmouth’s game fell apart.

‘You could see all the confidence disappear just before half-time,’ said Chandler.

‘I would be concerned if it was a lack of effort or heart but that is not the case.

‘Once it comes we will be alright but we can’t keep saying it is because they are a young side.’

Portsmouth’s points came through an Andy Barnes penalty and a Luke Richardson try converted by Barnes at the death.