More away-day pain for Gosport

Mark Pollard
Mark Pollard
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

Double trouble for heroic Heathens

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There was no away-day joy for Gosport & Fareham as they slumped to a 31-8 defeat at Dover in London one south.

The Blue & Golds have failed to record a victory on their travels so far this season.

Fortunately other results went in their favour and they remain three places, and eight points, clear of the bottom three.

After a tight first half when they only trailed 6-3, with fly-half Alex Duncombe knocking over a 38th minute penalty, it looked promising for the visitors.

Instead, an audacious try by Dover hooker Kirk Savage was the beginning of the end.

A 41st-minute penalty stetched the Dover lead.

And from the the restart Savage ran in for a try from his own twenty-two, without a Gosport hand laid on him.

It was a devastating moment for not only the players but also for the handful of die-hard supporters who made the long journey to watch their team bid to break their away duck.

The home side dominated the scrums and never looking like they were going to surrender any points in their own battle to escape the relegation zone.

Gosport second row Mark Pollard scored a 59th minute try, from a five metre line-out, but the visitors had no answer to the home side on the day.

Gosport captain Tim Snowden was massively disappointed by the performance.

‘We allowed ourselves to be dragged into a dogfight and their first try was horrendous for us,’ he said.

‘They wanted it more than we did and I think we owe the fans who travelled to see us an apology for the way we played.’

Locks Heath Pumas extended their lead at the top of Hampshire two to 11 points.

They recorded a dominant 33-5 victory against Kingsclere at Brookfield School.

Stuart Forbes scored two tries, taking his impressive tally for the season to 17.

Kent Streek, Mark Puckey and Andy Hamlett also crossed for tries.

Ben Chambers kicked the rest of the Pumas’ points as they continued their impressive charge towards the title.