Portsmouth push on as Hoolihan adds finishing touch again

Portsmouth on the charge

Portsmouth on the charge

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Portsmouth moved up to fourth in London two south west with a 34-26 win over Effingham & Leatherhead at Rugby Camp.

The win means the club have already equalled last season’s league points total at the half-way stage.

The men from Rugby Camp put on a great show

The men from Rugby Camp put on a great show

Coach Ben Dudley believes it shows the progress being made by his squad and is excited by the prospects for the second half of the campaign.

Wing forward Greg Hoolihan continued his superb scoring run, adding two more tries to take his tally to nine for the season.

‘We have moved Greg from hooker to wing forward this season and with our pack going well he is benefiting from it,’ said assistant manager Jim Pearce.

‘Invariably, Greg is the player at the back controlling the ball and going over for the try.

‘He still has a bit to learn in his new position but he is doing well.’

‘I know our captain Damian Gibbs and the rest of the forwards feel he owes them.

‘We let Effingham & Leatherhead in for a couple of late tries but we were rarely in any danger.’

Portsmouth led 19-0 at half-time before going on to run out comfortable winners.

Darren Crabb, Damian Gibbs, Luke Richardson and Simon Morgan all added tries with Morgan adding two conversions.

A number of the Portsmouth players will play in a Christmas charity game at Hooks Lane on Sunday, December 27 (2pm).

Havant are taking on an invitation Solent Barbarians team with all the proceeds going to the Adam Long fund for the Portsmouth player who has been diagnosed with cancer.

United Services coach Matt Davis was left frustrated by a 19-17 defeat by Trojans at Burnaby Road.

Services produced a good second half comeback after trailing 19-3 at half-time.

But they couldn’t quite find a winning score and were narrowly defeated.

‘It is another game that we have let slip through our fingertips,’ said Davis.

‘We had the upper hand in the second half.

‘But unfortunately either the final pass didn’t go to hand or a wrong decision was made.

‘At the end we were banging on the door but Trojans defended well.

‘We are happy where we are sitting in the league and we are in a position where there is a gap between us and the clubs below.

‘After promotion last season I feel the team has adapted well to the higher league.’

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