Vance is the hero as Gosport smash Old Reigatians

Grant Morris tries to get Havant moving forward at Tonbridge Picture: Liam McAvoy
Grant Morris tries to get Havant moving forward at Tonbridge Picture: Liam McAvoy
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

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Full-back Andy Vance grabbed a hat-trick of tries as London two south west leaders Gosport & Fareham secured a 29-6 win at third-placed Old Reigatians.

The visitors turned on the style in the second half after struggling to make an impact in the opening 40 minutes.

‘It’s my job to make sure this team performs for the whole 80 minutes and in the first half we were poor,’ said head coach Mark Wells.

‘It wasn’t as if we hadn’t prepared properly or were not focused, because we were, but it didn’t happen for us.

‘We kicked off poorly, did some of the basic stuff wrong and fell foul of the referee at the rucks.

‘At half-time we talked about all the hard work we have put in since the summer and how we didn’t want to have that losing feeling at the end.

‘In the second half we stayed on our feet more, played off the line-out and it worked.’

Vance put Gosport 5-3 up at half-time with his first try before going on to complete his hat-trick in the second period.

Alex Heron stepped inside two defenders for an excellent try, following a good offload from centre Sam Foster, and Wes Dugan ran in for a trademark close-range try.

Alex Duncombe added two conversions.

Havant’s misery continued in National League three London & south east as they endured an 89-5 hammering at second-placed Tonbridge Juddians.

A first half mauling saw the beleaguered visitors trailing 62-0 at the break and the latest defeat leaves them nine points adrift at the bottom.

Southsea Nomads lifted themselves off the bottom of Hampshire one with a 31-24 win at nearest rivals Lytchett Minster.

A blistering start saw Nomads race into a 10-0 lead after just five minutes, as Aaron Beesley knocked over a penalty and converted a Josh Ware try.

By half-time, though, the teams were locked together at 17-17, with Freddie Wood adding a converted try for the visitors.

Despite having captain Rob Litchfield yellow carded early in the second half, Nomads added two tries from winger Lee Tindal, with Beesley converting both.

United Services romped to a 67-5 win over Farnborough at Burnaby Road.

Petersfield sent Ventnor to the bottom with a 26-10 win across the Solent.