McRoberts: Let’s make us safe

Gosport & Fareham coach Neil McRoberts
Gosport & Fareham coach Neil McRoberts
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COACH Neil McRoberts is calling on Gosport & Fareham to seal their London One south status with a win at Charlton Park.

The Blue & Golds are virtually safe but, mathematically, they could still be relegated.

McRoberts knows one more win from their last two games will end the uncertainty once and for all.

‘We like to think that we have done enough already to stay up because we have a nine-point lead,’ said McRoberts.

‘But the possibility of the Doomsday scenario still exists.

‘If we don’t get anything from our last two games and results go against us then the ridiculous could still happen.

‘It is important that we perform because we don’t want all the good work already put in to be ruined at the end.

‘The aim is to come away with enough to make us safe.’

McRoberts is without outside-half Ben Foster, who is ruled out by police duties, but is pleased to have most of his Royal Navy players available.

The presence of Tom Blackburn, Mark Jones, Chris Thompson and Ben Madigan will give a strong feel to the forwards.

Tim Snowden is also back in at hooker to strengthen the pack even further.

They will have a big role to play because the home side also possess a big, physical pack of forwards with pace outside.

When the two teams met at the start of the season the game ended in a draw.

‘London One south is the league we want to be in because it is all about challenging ourselves,’ added McRoberts.

‘We have shown this season that we have learned our lessons from last time when we went straight back down.

‘Our efforts have shown that we are now far better equipped to operate at this level.

‘We have to make sure we continue to do so.’

Hampshire Two champions Locks Heath Pumas want to finish on a high after losing their unbeaten record at Chineham last time out.

Pumas host lowly Alresford and will be firm favourites to get back to winning ways.

Basement-club Southsea Nomads face a difficult end to the campaign against second-placed Chineham at Furze Lane.