Fareham Heathens ready for a revival against Fordingbridge

Fareham Heathens are aiming to get back on track. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
Fareham Heathens are aiming to get back on track. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
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Dave Wheaton insists Fareham Heathens must get back to basics in a bid to halt their poor run of results.

They are in Hampshire premier action against Fordingbridge at Cams Alders on Saturday (2pm).

Wheaton said: ‘It’s time to revisit the basics because morale was low after the defeat away to New Milton.

‘Talk in the changing room after the game was honest and encouraging.

‘We need to get back to doing the simple things right before we are able to move on.

‘Numbers need to increase at training. That is where we must put in the hard work to develop as a squad.

‘The lads have responded well with good numbers in training and availability this week is also high.

‘First-up tackling let us down badly at New Milton and we can’t afford the same to happen against Fordingbridge 

‘The players have really put in the effort this week and are in a confident mood.

‘I know how well the team can perform because the second-half performances on display at Basingstoke and against Bognor clearly showed this.

‘A win on Saturday would be great, but I’m more interested and focused on the performance and how we play.’

Heathens make a couple of changes with Doug Barrow moving to inside centre and Kriss Owens switching to full-back.

Steve Devoy also returns from injury to the wing.

Gosport & Fareham are determined to capitalise on two successive home games starting with a basement battle against Effingham & Leatherhead at Gosport Park tomorrow (2pm).

The Blue & Golds are third from bottom in London two south west one point ahead of their visitors.

In Hampshire one Locks Heath Pumas visit league-leaders Alton.

Southsea Nomads will be favourites to win against Hampshire two basement-club hosts Fareham Heathens II.