McRoberts pleased with Gosport & Fareham response

Wes Dugan. Picture: Sarah Standing (142624-8078)
Wes Dugan. Picture: Sarah Standing (142624-8078)
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Neil McRoberts felt his Gosport & Fareham side were the victims of a harsh scoreline after a brave effort in their 60-15 defeat at Basingstoke in London one south.

The Gosport Park club’s head coach was less than happy with the 65-24 loss to Sutton & Epsom last weekend.

But he saw far more of what he was looking for this time around against the high-flying opponents.

McRoberts said: ‘You are never going to be overly pleased with a scoreline like that.

‘But, I think the guys were a little bit hard done by this time.

‘The score didn’t reflect how well they did and Basingstoke were just more clinical.

‘I had a lot of admiration for the players for the way they stuck at it.

‘They fronted up and they got stuck in around the breakdowns, which is what we asked them to do.

‘If we play like that against other teams and get some of our players back, it leaves us in a good position to get some results.’

Wayne Dugan kicked an early penalty to give Gosport & Fareham the perfect start within seconds of kick-off.

But Basingstoke roared back as they took advantage of skipper, Tim Snowden, being sent to the sin bin to put the points on the board and take a 29-3 lead into the half-time break.

Ben Roberts, on as an early replacement in the second row, reduced the deficit for Gosport & Fareham soon after the restart as he drove over following good move.

But Basingstoke then took control to score regularly before the visitors made a brave late rally.

Wes Dugan scored under the posts after several phases of play from one end of the pitch to the other before Nathan Walton kicked the extra points.

McRoberts said: ‘It was a very good try and it was nice to focus on that at the end.

‘At times, we made them look decidedly average and we matched them for long periods.

‘But it only takes teams 10 or 15 minutes of superiority to put a big scoreline on you.

‘If we show that same kind of application and desire at home to Dover next week, we will be hoping for a win.’