Ashley believes Gosport are ready for play-offs

Centre Wayne Dugan was on the mark in Gosport & Fareham's 52-14 win over Weybridge Vandals. Picture: Roger Smith
Centre Wayne Dugan was on the mark in Gosport & Fareham's 52-14 win over Weybridge Vandals. Picture: Roger Smith
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Gosport & Fareham coach Scott Ashley believes his side are ready for their London Two South-West play-off challenge.

The Blue and Golds got back on the winning track with a confident 52-14 win over Weybridge Vandals at Gosport Park.

They now face a home play-off final against London Two South East runners-up Maidstone a week on Saturday.

A win will earn them promotion and an immediate return to London One South for next season.

‘It was important to regain a winning mentality ahead of the play-off game,’ said Ashley.

‘We are in a good place and you could feel the positivity running through the team after this win.

‘It has got the players ready for the do or die game against Maidstone.

‘Having a couple of key players back made a big difference.’

The home side took charge from the start opening up a 19-0 lead in almost as many minutes with tries from Wayne Dugan, Ben Madigan, Chris Thompson and two Alex Duncombe conversions.

Duncombe added the points to further tries from Sean Sheppard and Wes Dugan which saw the hosts open up a 33-0 half-time lead.

Though guilty of relaxing a little after the break Gosport went on to add another three tries courtesy of Vi (2) and 18-year-old Dom Hollins with Tom Lewis slotting over two conversions.

Locks Heath Pumas ended their campaign by completing the league double over Hampshire Two runners-up Fareham Heathens.

The Pumas secured an 18-3 win in an incident-packed local derby that was delayed for an hour after an injury to one of the visitors.

‘We kicked off at 3pm and finished at 5-35 pm,’ said Pumas coach Jim Pearce.

The home side led through an Andy Hamlett penalty at the interval though it wasn’t without controversy.

The referee had awarded Heathens a try only to change his mind and go back for the penalty after Heathens charged down a dropped goal attempt.

In the second half Pete Moore squeezed over in the corner before Hamlett sealed the win with a penalty and conversion from his own try.