Brace from Wes helps beat Twickenham

Wes Dugan scored twice for Gosport
Wes Dugan scored twice for Gosport
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Gosport & Fareham came from behind to record a thrilling 21-17 London Two South West win over Twickenham at Gosport Park.

Wes Dugan grabbed a brace of tries and Ryan Thorne added three penalties and a conversion.

‘It was definitely our best performance of the season,’ said director of rugby Jamie Daly.

‘We have won games by more but we showed a lot of heart and passion.

‘It was one heck of a game, with both teams putting 100 per cent into it, even though there was nothing resting on it.

‘No-one on either side shirked any tackles or any contact – it was a good, hard -fought game of rugby and a good win for us.

‘We’ve pulled away from Bognor a bit which is good and caught up a bit on Twickenham.

‘It was a fantastic day with a big crowd, which helped us a lot and lifted the players.

‘There has been a little bit of criticism around the club that the players have perhaps not shown the passion they should.

‘The performance of the players showed it is not justified.

‘There was nothing at stake but it was a great game, with Twickenham playing fantastically well also.

‘For both teams to fight and work like that shows just how hard and tight this league is.

‘There were times when, if either team had relaxed, they could have been on the wrong end of a heavy score.’

Petersfield went down to a 33-26 defeat against second-placed Camberley at Penns Place in London Three South West.

United Services secured an excellent 17-12 win at third-placed Millbrook in Hampshire One.

Leaders Southsea Nomads remain on course for promotion from Hampshire Two after completing a 43-0 demolition job at Alresford.

The visitors raced into a 29-0 lead, playing down the famous Alresford slope in the first half.

Ash Clarke, Chris Smith, skipper Chris Groves and Mike Wareing scored tries, with Smith adding three conversions.

James Hardy and Josh Ware added two more converted tries after the break.