Ashley wants Gosport home run to continue

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Fired-up Gosport & Fareham need to regain their winning mentality against Weybridge Vandals at Gosport Park tomorrow (3pm).

It is their final game before their London two south west play-off final against Maidstone in two weeks time.

After remaining unbeaten in the first half of the season the team have stuttered since Christmas.

Scott Ashley’s men are still unbeaten at home, though, and are determined to preserve that record in their final league game.

Ashley believes the fantastic Gosport fans have been crucial in helping his team recover from last season’s relegation.

‘Gosport Park is never an easy place for teams to come,’ said Ashley.

‘Our supporters have turned out in force, made their presence felt and got behind the team.

‘They have shown great passion and remained positive at all times.

‘When things have not gone quite right they have never got on the players backs but continued to encourage them.

‘I want to see us win our final two games and get promotion for them.’

If Gosport are to achieve that, Ashley knows they will have to make a big improvement from their defeat at Tottonians.

A lack of discipline cost Gosport dear with all the opponent’s points coming from penalties and a penalty try.

When the visitors did finally get their game together and put Tottonians under pressure they failed to make it count.

‘We can’t afford to butcher overlaps with poor handling,’ said Ashley.

‘If we are to be successful we will need to be far more clinical.

‘We beat Weybridge Vandals in the first game of the season but they have improved a lot since then.

‘They won’t be coming to us looking to roll over and we will need to fight for everything.

‘We want to go into our play-off final in a confident winning mood.’

Ashley is boosted by the return of two key players.

Alex Duncombe is back at outside-half and hooker Joey Clark is also available.

Having Clark in the ranks will help the home side secure better possession at the set-pieces.

Duncombe will provide the creativity, to bring the dangerous three-quarters into play.

Locks Heath Pumas and Fareham Heathens end their Hampshire two season with a big local derby at Brookfield School.

Heathens have already pipped the Pumas for second place but insist pride and bragging rights are at stake.

They were beaten by the Pumas on the opening day of the season.

However, Locks Heath are intent on completing the double.

They will be looking to make up for their disappointing loss at Ventnor.