Ashley: Gosport Park passion can keep us up

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BELIEF is growing in the Gosport & Fareham camp after a hard-fought 28-15 London one south win over Sidcup at Gosport Park.

A month ago Gosport looked down and out but they are now just four points behind nearest rivals Havant.

Coach Scott Ashley feels the win shows Gosport are a formidable outfit on their own patch.

He said: ‘Again we showed that the passion generated here at Gosport Park makes it the most difficult place in the league for other teams to visit.

‘I couldn’t have asked any more from my players in very difficult conditions.

‘It was wet, cold and Sidcup are a good side.

‘We finally seem to have put the tendency to be slow starters out of our system and we were firing throughout the game.’

Fifth-placed Sidcup made a confident start but it was Gosport who grabbed the initiative with two tries in quick time.

Wing-forward Jonathan Wood and full-back Ryan Thorne claimed the scores, with Josh Whitehead adding both conversions.

Sidcup hit back to reduce the lead to 14-8 with a try and a penalty.

But Gosport scrum half Wes Dugan relieved the pressure with a 53rd minute try before the Kent side scored a converted try.

The ever-reliable Whitehead sealed the Gosport win with a final try which he converted.