Portsmouth find the way to RFU Intermediate Cup progress

12/11/11  sport''Portsmouth in black/yellow V Cobham, rugby action at Hilsea. Pictured is Portsmouth players celebrating L-R Gareth Richards, Tom Whitehouse (scored the try), Adam Long, Will Carpenter.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (114006-9)
12/11/11 sport''Portsmouth in black/yellow V Cobham, rugby action at Hilsea. Pictured is Portsmouth players celebrating L-R Gareth Richards, Tom Whitehouse (scored the try), Adam Long, Will Carpenter.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (114006-9)
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

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Portsmouth cruised to a 27-18 victory against Charlton Park in the RFU Intermediate Cup.

The city club set off on the Twickenham trail with a good performance after a nightmare journey through London to get their hosts’ ground.

Coach Ian Chandler said: ‘We didn’t have the best preparation because instead of taking us around the M25, which was easier, our sat nav decided to take us through London.

‘Once we got on the pitch though, we played well with our forwards and backs combining well to do the job.

‘We ended up worthy winners and the final score flattered them.

‘By the time they scored two good tries in the closing stages it was too late because we already had the game won.’

Four first-half tries set Portsmouth on their way into the next round.

Returning outside-half Dan Neville opening the scoring after just five minutes.

Playing his first game for six weeks, Neville stepped inside his defender to go over for a close-range try after the forwards sucked in the home defence.

Neville then converted his own try before the hosts replied with two penalties.

Three further tries before the break, however, tightened Portsmouth’s grip.

Richie Blackmore scored his first-ever senior try following a kick and chase, Anthony Foukes finished off a switch with Steve Gee, then Rich Farmer went over.

Leading 24-6 at half-time, Portsmouth were content to see the game out in the second period and take a small step closer to reaching Twickenham for the final.

After Charlton Park grabbed their two late tries, Will Carpenter had the last word for Portsmouth with a smartly-taken drop goal.

‘There is a long way to go before we can start thinking about Twickenham,’ said Chandler.

‘We now have competition for places throughout the whole team giving us selection headaches.

‘The players who came in like Danny Harris, who was rock solid at full-back, and Dan Neville have staked a big claim to keep their places.

‘We have great depth in our squad and are getting back to our targets.

‘Now it is a case of us recovering from our nightmare period in the league and hoping we haven’t left ourselves too much to do.

‘This is our sixth win on the bounce and confidence is flooding back.

‘We have to go to league leaders Sutton & Epsom next and will do so with a great belief in the squad.’