McRoberts: Gosport are up for the battle against leaders

Gosport are ready to take on the leaders. Picture: Sarah Standing (141230-3557)
Gosport are ready to take on the leaders. Picture: Sarah Standing (141230-3557)
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Determined Gosport & Fareham are aiming to upset London one south leaders Wimbledon at Gosport Park.

After running second-placed Chobham close last weekend, Gosport head coach Neil McRoberts revealed his team are itching to have a go at the leaders.

Gosport Park can be an intimidating venue for any visiting team when the vociferous home crowd get behind their team.

McRoberts hopes that can play a big part as his men aim to continue their impressive run of form.

Since Christmas Gosport have improved dramatically, producing a string of impressive performances to pull away from the relegation zone.

‘We will go into this game with a degree of confidence because of the way we have been playing since the turn of the year,’ said McRoberts.

‘At the same time, we appreciate Wimbledon are not league leaders for nothing.

‘We are fielding pretty much our strongest starting line-up and have a belief we can get something from the game.’

Skipper Tim Snowden moves back into the hooker position, with wing-forward Ed Pascoe back from an ankle injury.

Gosport’s other wing-forward, Ben Madigan, returns after a two-week absence.

The three-quarters remain unchanged as the hosts look to prevent Wimbledon from playing their expansive game.

Meanwhile in Hampshire two, unbeaten leaders Locks Heath Pumas should move closer to the title by winning at lowly Aldershot & Fleet.

Coach Jim Pearce believes his team are getting back to their best.

‘We played some of our best rugby of the season against Southampton,’ said Pearce.

‘Our opponents this week are near the bottom but we can’t afford to take anything for granted.

‘Their pitch is likely to be very heavy and that could prove a great leveller.’

Pumas have Freddie Hoare, Gavin Hart and Tom Chance all unavailable so will need to make changes.

Pearce hopes to have experienced forwards Harry Cripps and Jon Barfoot back in the ranks to help bolster the ranks.