Wells hopes for ace show at Wimbledon

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Gosport & Fareham will bid to strengthen their grip on top spot in London two south west with victory over Wimbledon tomorrow (2.30pm).

But Mark Wells insists his side are underdogs for the clash with their closest rivals.

Unbeaten Wimbledon are just six points adrift of Gosport.

‘This is a massive game and represents a big test,’ said the head coach.

‘We have come on leaps and bounds this season and we will learn a lot more about ourselves this weekend.

‘Wimbledon must be regarded as favourites as they have home advantage and also have a bit more experience in their side.

‘Our edge is the fact we are probably a complete unknown to them.

‘If both teams go out there to play their rugby then it could be an exciting game.’

Winger Ryan Thorne and second-row Simon Pickett join the Gosport squad that struggled to beat Twickenham 16-9 last week.

‘It’s about making sure they go out and perform to their true potential,’ said Wells.

‘As individuals they need to prepare themselves better and be ready to compete as soon as they go out onto the pitch.

‘We didn’t do that last week – we were flat and everything lacked energy and bite.

‘It was a poor performance and we could have lost.

Gosport & Fareham: Vance, Heron, Dugan Wayne, Foster, Jones, Duncombe, Dugan Wes, Flower, Snowden, Madigan, Smith M, Pollard, Burton, Clark, Whitehead, Wood, Woodford, Pickett, Thorne

n Portsmouth are expecting a physical challenge at Beckenham in their London one south (2.30pm).

‘They are a big, physical side and we are expecting it to be a bruising encounter,’ said head coach Chandler.

‘Our plan will be to go there and run Beckenham around with the pace we have in our side.

‘Our defence was magnificent in the victory over Chobham last week.

‘And with key players starting to come back from injury over the next few weeks, we will get more powerful.’

Portsmouth: Neville, Whitehouse, Gee, Richards, Bion, Barnes, O’Connor, Cripps, Hoolihan, Sargent, French, Giquel, Bowen, Long, Richardson, Hankey, Lynch, Fooks, Carpenter

n Havant continue their hunt for a first National League three London & south east win at Civil Service (2.30pm).

‘It was very disappointing (losing to Luton last week) but we have to pick ourselves up and go again,’ said director of rugby Will Knight.

‘A few home truths were delivered about our poor second half display.

‘We were competitive in the first half only to disintegrate when things started to go against us after the break.

‘The challenge is to go out and be competitive for the whole 80 minutes.’

Havant: Stapleton, Dukes, Gains, Morris, Robinson J, Knight, Davenport, Elsmore, Austin, Marks, Roberts, Williams, Goodger, Burgess-Kelly, Barfoot, Fenn, Horn, Sutton

SELECTED OTHER FIXTURES: Hampshire one: Ventnor v United Services; Romsey v Southsea Nomads; Millbrook v Petersfield. Hampshire two: Fareham Heathens v Lymington Mariners. Solent League:

Portsmouth II v Tottonians II, Gosport & Fareham II v Newbury Stags.