Gosport aim to Pickett up at Dover

Wayne Dugan will miss the trip to Dover. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121161-6)
Wayne Dugan will miss the trip to Dover. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121161-6)
Havant full-back Ben Chambers. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (181102-1)

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Simon Pickett is hoping to start his two-week tenure in charge at Gosport & Fareham with a win at Dover in London one south (2.30pm).

The second-team supremo in is the hot seat for two weeks while coach Mark Wells departs for the Far East on business.

Gosport & Fareham are in a fight for survival after a difficult first few months back in London one south.

And they travel to Dover without a number of key players.

Despite this, Pickett reckons the squad are good enough to snatch a win to build on last week’s success over fellow strugglers Southampton Trojans.

‘Last week’s win pushed us that little bit further away from the bottom two,’ he said.

‘It also moved us closer to the pack of teams above us worrying about occupying the final relegation place.

‘All those teams have won against mid-table opponents this season and that is something we need to do.

‘Dover will start as favourites but the side we are taking is good enough to hopefully push them.’

Pickett is without Wayne Dugan, Sam Foster, Mark Pollard, Jonathan Wood, Dan Whitehead and Ash Burton.

Foster’s absence is a major blow after his match-winning performance against Trojans.

‘It is a shame we are missing players but there is other talent ready to come in and fill the gaps,’ said Pickett.

GOSPORT & FAREHAM: Heron, Jones G, Whitehead J, Cleary, Duncombe, Dugan Wes, Madigan, Field, Basher, Smith, Thompson, O’Donoghue, Burns, D Whitehead, Titchener, Barnes, Veiteve.

n Like neighbours Gosport & Fareham, Fareham Heathens are also aiming to turn their fortunes around as they head to Overton in Hampshire two.

The fixture in north Hampshire is a double-header – with league points and cup progress at stake.

Heathens only just missed out on promotion last season but have struggled to make any impact this term.

‘Everybody got excited when we started well with a 51-0 win over the whipping boys in our league but we haven’t won since,’ said team manager Chris Lee.

‘Our biggest problem has been lack of availability and not being able to field a consistent team.

‘After finishing third last season it has come as a bit of a shock. Overton have a strong pack of forwards but we are looking to go up there and snatch a win.

‘We have a strong side out and just need a win to help us start turn the corner.

‘A number of new faces are starting to come into the club, including a Fijian who is in the Army, and we are hoping they will help strengthen us.’

FAREHAM HEATHENS: Lee, James, Breeds, Wheaton, Cleve, Compton, Farrell, Gardner, Green, Grondin, Strudwick, Charlson, Perks, McNairn, Roloka, Miller, Wood