Pickett: Gosport must be more ‘streetwise’

Matt Smith on the ball for Gosport
Matt Smith on the ball for Gosport
England's Vickil Cornborough is tackled by Scotland's Karen Dunbar during the Women's Six Nations match at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld. PPP-171108-170224001

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Gosport & Fareham returned from their long trip to Dover feeling a little aggrieved after a 24-0 London one south defeat.

It took a hotly-contested try, 15 minutes from time, to break Gosport’s resistance and open the floodgates.

The home side then ran in three tries in the final five minutes to give them a flattering winning margin.

‘At that stage, we felt the game would be won or lost by a single try,’ said Simon Pickett, standing in as coach while Mark Wells is away on business.

‘We were on the attack but the ball went loose after one of our players was tackled without the ball.

‘Dover scooped it up and went half the length of the pitch to score.’

In the first half, Gosport refused to buckle, even after Nathan Titchener was sent to the sin-bin.

At the start of the second half, the visitors received two further setbacks when Matt Smith left the field, needing 25 stitches to a facial injury, and Kieron McRoberts was stretchered off with a back injury.

‘We feel a little bit hard done by because their first try changed the game,’ said Pickett.

‘It is gutting because we felt we deserved to come away with a losing bonus point at least.

‘We maybe need to be a bit more streetwise and realise at 5-0 down we can still get back into the game.

‘It was a hugely encouraging performance and we are still in touch with the clubs immediately above us.’

Havant saw their home clash against Wimbledon postponed due to a waterlogged Hooks Lane pitch.