Glorious Gosport aiming to toast a double

Gosport & Fareham are going for more glory
Gosport & Fareham are going for more glory
Steve Cruddas will start for Havant. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

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Gosport & Fareham are chasing the second part of a league and cup double when they take on Basingstoke at Down Grange tomorrow (3pm).

The county cup holders bid to retain the trophy against the same opposition they defeated in the final last year.

And Mark Wells’ side are in confident mood after wrapping up the London two south west title last weekend.

But they are taking nothing for granted, with Basingstoke a rejuvenated outfit.

‘We will go there as underdogs again,’ said Wells.

‘Last year no-one gave us a chance but we had a clear game plan and it worked.

‘They massively underestimated us.

‘This year is different, though.

‘And after our success last week that will only put us under more pressure to do well.

‘Basingstoke are in a different place to last season.

‘You have to respect the way they have turned things around after last season’s relegation. We will be facing a much stronger and far more confident Basingstoke team this time.

‘We must play with pace if we are to stand a chance.

‘I think it will be a very competitive open game of rugby and there won’t be a lot between the two teams.’

Wells is boosted by the addition of at least five new players to bolster the squad.

The coach believes the fresh faces will re-energise his side after they clinched promotion last weekend with a confident win over Old Reigatians.

He is also looking to the game to provide some idea of how his side will fare against the likes of Basingstoke in London one south next season.

‘Basingstoke will be one of the top sides in our league next season,’ said Wells.

‘This will give us a huge benchmark as to how we might cope.

‘It will give us an indication of how competitive we might be.’

Wells will take more of a back seat in selection for the cup final, leaving it to some of his senior players.

‘I am going to let them make the selection,’ he added.

Gosport & Fareham (from): Duncombe, C Jones, G Jones, Wadham, Thorne, Foster, Speight, Veiteve, Wayne Dugan, Wes Dugan, Burton, Madigan, Thompson, Whitehead, Clark, Pollard, Flower, Smith, Naiyaga, Pickett, Snowden, Woodford