Clever play the only way for Gosport

Luke Simmons slides in for the opening try. Picture: Neil Marshall (171730-1)

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Scott Ashley is calling on his Gosport & Fareham team to be clever and wise in their London two south west derby at Trojans.

The league leaders almost came unstuck in their narrow 20-17 win over London Cornish last week.

It took a last-gasp penalty try to win the game and preserve Gosport’s unbeaten record.

Like London Cornish, Trojans also possess a heavyweight pack of forwards, and Ashley doesn’t want to see his team make the same mistakes.

‘Against London Cornish we tried to take them on up front and match their physicallity,’ said Ashley.

‘That played into their hands and allowed them to dictate important aspects of the game.

‘Trojans will pose us a similar test and we will need to be far more clever and wiser to it.

‘Their pitch, which is likely to be heavy underfoot, will suit their game a lot more than ours.

‘We will have to adapt and make sure that we move the game forward and play it on our terms.’

Trojans suffered a heavy defeat at Portsmouth last week but the visitors won’t be fooled by that.

The home side’s ranks were depleted in that game, with players at a wedding, and they are likely to be back at full strength.

‘I just look at where they are in the league and know it will be another tough test for us,’ said Ashley.

‘We will be in for a battle and we have to be up for it.

‘Every game between now and the end of the season is a big one for us.

‘All the other teams view us as a big scalp to take.’

In Hampshire two, second-placed Fareham Heathens cross the Solent to Ventnor looking for a win to maintain the pressure at the top.

Petersfield, who took over as leaders last week with a 45-5 win over Fawley, travel to Chineham.

Locks Heath Pumas have had their cup game against Isle of Wight postponed.