Gosport don’t make a meal out of easy victory

Tom Willoughby scored for United Services
Tom Willoughby scored for United Services
Barry Bridgman. Picture: Neil Marshall

Coach delivers parting shot to Gosport & Fareham

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Gosport & Fareham consolidated their position at the top of London south west two with a 35-6 win over London Cornish at Gosport Park.

And for the fifth week in a row, Gosport picked up a bonus point.

The home side also created a good impression with their visitors.

‘Despite arriving late, their catering manager kept a meal for our committee,’ said Cornish director of rugby Dickon Moon.

‘When our bus driver asked directions to the local chip shop they came up with an extra meal for him.

‘The conduct of the Gosport players, coaches and committee were all in keeping with this generosity and mark the club out as a class act.’

United Services’ dream start to their Hampshire one campaign was brought to an end as unbeaten league leaders Fordingbridge inflicted a 41-10 defeat.

‘It was a bad day at the office for us with too many of our players not realising their potential,’ said Services team manager Lee Bennett.

‘Our prop Mark Humberstone was man of the match for his power in the scrum and tireless efforts.’

After falling behind to an early converted try, Services hit back through winger Tom Cantwell.

Centre Tom Willoughby burst deep into the home twenty-two and Cantwell collected a clearing kick to score in the corner.

Defences remained on top until the powerful unbeaten hosts notched two tries before half-time to take a 22-3 lead.

Services began the second period strongly and lock-forward Scott Whistlecraft went over for a try.

The league leaders, though, added two late tries to secure a comfortable triumph.

Southsea Nomads were no match for second-placed Eastleigh and suffered a 38-3 defeat at Furze Lane.

Petersfield lost 36-14 away to the Isle of Wight.

Early Hampshire two pacesetters Fareham Heathens slipped to a shock 24-19 defeat at bottom club Chineham.

Heathens led 12-0 at the break but were outplayed in the second half.

‘It was a good lesson for us,’ said club representative Ed Monk.

‘We didn’t play at all in the second half.

‘It was a real eye-opener and showed the importance of home advantage in our league.

‘Hopefully it will act as a kick up the backside.’