Locks Heath coach bullish about escape bid

Fareham Heathens' game with the Isle of Wight was washed out. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Fareham Heathens' game with the Isle of Wight was washed out. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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Nathan Moore remains defiant that Locks Heath Pumas can maintain their Hampshire one status.

The Pumas are currently propping up the table with just one win all season.

Their latest outing saw them suffer a 57-0 mauling at title-chasing Millbrook on Saturday.

The game was over as a contest by half-time as the hosts ran riot to score 38 unanswered points.

Locks Heath improved in the second half.

And that gave Moore some encouragement as he plots a survival strategy for the second half of the season.

The head coach said: ‘We still have more than half our games to play, so staying in this league is not impossible.

‘In the coming weeks we are hoping to get six or seven players back and also attract a couple of new faces.

‘Our biggest problem so far has been a lack of availability because of injury, the World Cup and work commitments.

‘The only time I have been able to field a full-strength team was in the first game of the season when we beat the Isle of Wight.

‘I am hoping that situation will improve and reckon five wins from our final 11 games should save us.

‘It is in our hands and depends on how much hard work we are prepared to put in on the training ground.’

Third-placed Fareham Heathens, who have been unbeaten since they lost to Millbrook on the opening day of the season, saw their clash with the Isle of Wight postponed on Saturday.

A waterlogged pitch at their Cams Alders headquarters put paid to the fixture.

– KEVIN RICKETTS