Gosport & Fareham crash… Heathens lose to old foes

James Whitfield scored the only points for Fareham Heathens. Picture: Keith Woodland
James Whitfield scored the only points for Fareham Heathens. Picture: Keith Woodland
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Gosport & Fareham’s poor start to the season continued with a disappointing 48-0 London two south west defeat at Eastleigh on Saturday.

It was a second successive defeat for the Gosport Park outfit.

And a match head coach George Hillan is keen to forget.

‘It was a very disappointing day for all concerned with the club,’ he said.

‘We went into the game full of confidence and optimism.

‘During the week we looked sharp in two successful training sessions with record numbers (more than 60) attending.

‘Our pre-match preparations went well and we looked ready for the challenge.

‘We started well with some good phases of continuity and got into a good field position.

‘After a turnover at our line-out, though, Eastleigh scored the opening try.

‘This affected our self-belief and confidence and we never really recovered.

‘There are areas we need to concentrate on as a coaching team and as a collective.

‘It is important we put this behind us and focus on our next game.’

Fareham Heathens failed to break their Sandown & Shanklin hoodoo as they suffered a 31-7 Hampshire premier defeat at Cams Alders.

It has been a while since Heathens last got the better of the Hurricanes.

Head coach Dave Wheaton said: ‘After winning our opening game we went into it in a buoyant mood.

‘Unfortunately we never got going and Sandown put us on the back foot from the start.

‘Their well-drilled ball carriers broke the gain line and scored a quick try to leave us in shock.’

‘We knew this was always going to be a test for us.

‘It is just disappointing because we know we can play much better.’

Heathens’ only points came from a well-executed catch-and-drive line-out try by James Whitfield.

Locks Heath Pumas picked up their first win with a 22-13 success at Ventnor.

Tries from Josh Adams and Robbie Connell in the opening 12 minutes gave the Pumas an early lead.

They led 17-3 at the interval courtesy of a Sam Floyd try, which converted by Robbie Connell.

The second half saw the Pumas contain their hosts and secure a bonus point with a debut try from Alex Heron.