Basement boys Gosport & Fareham eye further improvement
Basement-club Gosport & Fareham are showing signs of improvement ahead of their London one south trip to Chiswick tomorrow (3pm).
Senior coach Barry Bridgeman took a lot of encouragement from their last game against Gravesend even though they ended up losing 32-19.
Bridgman felt his team improved in a number of areas and wants to see that continue.
‘I think our defence was a lot better although it is still not 100-per-cent yet,’ said Bridgeman.
‘We still showed our dogged determination, which saw us get right back into the game in the final 20 minutes.
‘Unfortunately we were guilty of letting in a couple of soft tries again.
‘It was a definite improvement, though, and means we can head to Chiswick with a little more confidence.
‘The players know they have to keep working hard because that should see us getting somewhere.’
Fareham Heathens defend their unbeaten start in Hampshire one against Ventnor at Cams Alders (3pm).
Director of Rugby Bernie Rhodes believes the club have done well considering a lack of availability for the opening two games.
‘We recognise that we were fortunate to win at Ellingham with the final kick of the game,’ said Rhodes.
‘The team were not at their best but then that reflected the large number of changes we had to make.
‘To win our first two games despite the absences bodes well for the rest of the season.
‘We have got good strength in depth with our second team also starting well in the Solent League.
‘This week we are able to put out more of a normal starting line-up.
‘The influence of our new coaching team led by Chris Hart is starting to shine through.
‘I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be pushing for the title.’
The home side have Fijian winger Pita Mawi back from a spell playing in London.
Second-row forward Laurence Cox is also called up after recently moving into the area.
In Hampshire two Locks Heath Pumas face the long journey to Kingsclere looking to build on their winning start.