Wells: We must find our winning mentality

Alex Duncombe has been told to rest after suffering an eye injury
Alex Duncombe has been told to rest after suffering an eye injury
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Gosport & Fareham are hoping to get back to winning ways when they face Hampshire rivals Tottonians in London south west two (3pm).

Mark Wells’ team put in a poor performance as they lost for the first time this season against Camberley last weekend. And the head coach won’t accept a repeat.

‘We have got to play better than we did against Camberley,’ said Wells.

‘I am not having that again.

‘There will be changes but I have to speak to the players first.

‘However, it’s not all gloom and doom and we have the added element of Hampshire rivalry this week.

‘So there is more at stake in this game, especially as we want to reverse the two losses against Tottonians last season.

‘We need to build a mentality of winning away from home.

‘We started that by winning at Bognor and we need to carry that on in this game.’

Ben Madigan is unavailable due to navy duties and, although Ash Burton is available after missing last week, he may miss out on a place in the starting line-up.

Alex Duncombe has been told to take a longer rest – maybe as long as a month – after the burst blood vessel in his eye which came from a Bognor punch a fortnight ago.

Jonathan Wood started last week and Matt Flower came off the bench but competition for places is tight.

‘We have a competitive squad but that’s what I want,’ said Wells.

Gosport & Fareham: Vance, Thorne, Herron, Jones G, Dugan Wayne, Jones C, Wood, Foster, Dugan Wes, Smith, Flower, Sellstrom, Snowden, Woodford, Pollard, Clark, Burton, Whitehead, Pickett

United Services are aiming to maintain their unbeaten start in Hampshire one as they host New Milton & District at Burnaby Road.

Coach Simon Burns will be looking for a repeat of last week’s electric start which saw them score four tries in the opening nine minutes on their way to a 57-3 win at the Isle of Wight.

Southsea Nomads, boosted by their first win last weekend, travel up the A3 to take on Petersfield at Penns Place.

Fareham Heathens open their Hampshire two home campaign home against Aldershot & Fleet at Cams Alders.

Fareham Heathens: Wood, Joss, Headley, Burn, Rugman M, Strudwick, Charlston, Farrel, Shepherd, Rugman P, Wheaton, Gardner, Green, Monk, Barret, Morgan, Drew, Breeds