Petersfield produce fine performance to hammer Fareham Heathens and remain clear at the top

Hampshire Premier leaders Petersfield romped to a 68-0 win against Fareham Heathens at Penns Place.

Sunday, 12th January 2020, 5:12 pm
Updated Sunday, 12th January 2020, 7:03 pm
Tom Whitehouse ran in a hat-trick of tries for Petersfield. Picture: Vernon Nash (110120-041)

Coach Jim Pearce felt once his team had overcome early opposition they overpowered the visitors.

‘Altogether I think that we had too much for them,’ said Pearce.

‘For the first 15 minutes they came at us with a lot of pick and drives in the forwards.

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Josh Bowles sprints towards the try line. Picture: Vernon Nash (110120-042)

‘Once we broke out and scored our first try that set the wheels in motion.

‘We led 33-0 at half-time and looked comfortable.

‘The continuity that we are getting particularly in the forwards is starting to show.

‘The units in the pack are starting to work well for each other.

Ryan Moore dives for a try. Picture: Vernon Nash (110120-044)

‘The players did their jobs.

‘If I was being hypercritical, in the first half, we wasted a few great opportunities.

‘Twice we were held up over the line and also knocked on in good positions.’

Number eight Tom Whitehouse bagged another hat-trick of tries.

Tries were also scored by Ollie Bowles, Franco Tomic (2), Greg Jansen, Jackson Clark, Andy Wood and Matt Momber.

Nick Blumlein kicked nine out of ten conversions.

Petersfield remain three points ahead of Alton but have played a game more.

n Southsea Nomads kicked off the new year with a 33-17 Hampshire Two win at Overton.

On a sloping pitch, Nomads scored straight from the kick-off with Billy Wilkinson jogging in for the try.

Jonathan Branston added the conversion and another try soon followed scored by Murray Hobson.

This came at the end of some great off-loading play between captain Ben Horrod and John Titcombe.

Another converted try scored by Lewis King gave the visitors a 19-10 lead at the break.

Nomads scored further tries in the second period through Josh Soper and Horrod both converted by Branston.

Horrod said: ‘It is always tough travelling to Overton and playing on their pitch.

‘We put a decent performance together but we know as a squad that we are capable of more.

‘We are now on a four-game winning streak and with other results going our way, we have closed the gap on the top four which is where we are aiming to finish come the end of the season.’

n Gosport & Fareham suffered a 27-17 London Three South West defeat against Weybridge Vandals at Gosport Park.

Locksheath Pumas secured a 22-0 home win against Southampton in Hampshire One.