Return to winning ways is a bonus for Gosport

Toby Woodford wins a lineout for Gosport & Fareham
Toby Woodford wins a lineout for Gosport & Fareham
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

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Gosport & Fareham returned to winning ways in London south west two with an impressive 34-14 bonus-point win at Hampshire rivals Tottonians.

Number eight Matt Flower gave the visitors a perfect start with a seventh-minute try, with outside-half Alex Duncome adding the conversion.

Six minutes before half-time Toby Woodford added a second converted try, and although the home side hit back with a try of their own, Duncombe knocked over a penalty before the break to stretch the advantage.

Gosport & Fareham extended their lead further in the opening spell of the second half through another Duncombe penalty and an Alex Heron try converted by Sam Foster. And nine minutes from time, Wes Dugan got in on the try-scoring act, with Wayne Dugan adding the extra points.

‘It was hard work in the heat but their pitch was nice to play on,’ said Gosport captain Tim Snowden.

‘The conditions were energy-sapping and the players were shattered at the end.

‘Despite the heat, the tempo was high because both teams wanted to play running rugby.

‘For us, it was all about making sure we bounced back after last week’s defeat by Camberley.

‘The sign of a good team is one that can bounce back after a defeat and we did that.

‘Tottonians are a good side and for us to come away scoring 34 points and getting a bonus point for four tries is excellent.

‘It was a good all-round performance to which all the players contributed.

‘One of our aims this season is to put teams away by collecting the bonus points.

‘This win means we have already doubled the number of away wins from last season.’