Gosport not afraid of the challenge as they prepare for Old Alleynians

George Hillan is hoping Gosport & Fareham can keep meeting their targets as they prepare to go to Old Alleynians in London two south west.

Thursday, 1st November 2018, 12:22 pm
Updated Thursday, 1st November 2018, 1:25 pm
Gosport & Fareham are aiming to meet their targets. Picture: Neil Marshall

The Blue & Golds moved off the bottom of the league with a home win against Old Cranleighans.

Head coach Hillan knows it will be a challenge to repeat that success on Saturday (2.30pm).

He said: '˜Old Alleynians are going well but our last result gives us some confidence.

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'˜We have set individual goals and targets to focus our minds over the next four games.

'˜It is agreed by all that we can meet and even surpass these targets.

'˜We are not afraid of the challenge Old Alleynians pose.

'˜The systems we have installed are being developed game by game and we have to keep believing in them.

'˜We will not worry about what they can do but focus on what we can achieve against them.'

Fareham Heathens travel to Hampshire premier league-leaders Basingstoke on Saturday.

They know they need to be more alert throughout the match after being punished for some mistakes last weekend.

Player-coach Dave Wheaton said: '˜We switched off a couple of times against Millbrook allowing them to score.

'˜We have been working on the ruck area in training, in particular body positioning because the door needs to be closed and securely guarded this week. 

'˜Basingstoke are an unknown to us, previous league form would suggest they were in free fall, but this season it would appear to be just the opposite.

'˜We know this is going be a hard fixture for us.

'˜But the lads are confident they can put in a performance and hopefully cause an upset.

'˜Heathens always play better when looked upon as the underdog.' 

Rob Impey returns to outside centre and Harry King is back in at number eight.

Josh Bisset moves to the wing, allowing the return of Rikky Curtis to openside flanker.

Following their narrow defeat on the Isle of Wight, Locks Heath Pumas face another tough game against Farnborough at Brookfield School.

Director of rugby Al Palmer said: '˜It has been a challenge keeping the concentration up following the defeat.

'˜The players, though, have put the effort into training and are looking forward to the game.'

Julian Beard returns to the second row and Jonathon Elsmore is back at number eight.

In the three-quarters Gus Flack will be in the centre with utility-back Lee Giles getting his first outing of the season from the bench.