Gosport & Fareham must recover from low point... Test for Heathens... Pumas must deliver

Tom Blackburn is back for Gosport & Fareham
Tom Blackburn is back for Gosport & Fareham
Gosport & Fareham head coach Barry Bridgman. Picture: Neil Marshall (161436-4)

Gosport & Fareham aim to heap misery on Eastleigh

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Neil McRoberts is demanding a big performance from Gosport & Fareham at second-placed Sutton & Epsom in London one south.

The Gosport Park side are joint-bottom of the league and must raise their game to compete with their high-flying hosts.

Head coach McRoberts is convinced his team can do that and come away with some reward.

‘Our defeat at Tottonians was a low point for us and we are determined to put that behind us,’ said McRoberts.

‘We are going to Sutton looking to get something out of the game.

‘First and foremost, though, I am looking for a much-improved performance.

‘Last year we did well at Sutton, scoring five tries which is no mean feat up there.

‘The players know there are places up for grabs and this is an opportunity for them.’

Gosport are boosted by the return of experienced prop forward Tom Blackburn.

He has been representing the Royal Navy in the International Defence Rugby Championship.

McRoberts also has influential fly-half Alex Duncombe available for the first time this season.

Fareham Heathens coach Bernie Rhodes is expecting his team to face a stern test at Fordingbridge in Hampshire one.

The home side, who boast a 100-per-cent record, will present a formidable challenge.

‘We know exactly what we will be up against because they are a very slick outfit,’ said Rhodes.

‘If we allow them to have time on the ball they will run at us.

‘We will have to close them down quickly and try to keep it tight.

‘Our aim is to come away from the game with something.

‘We are at full strength in the forwards where we will look to take them on.’

Nathan Moore believes it’s time for Locks Heath Pumas to bounce back to form in Hampshire one.

They host Chineham at Brookfield School looking to bounce back from derby defeat at Fareham Heathens (2.15pm).

‘If we head back to the clubhouse as winners it will give us a massive boost,’ said Locks Heath head coach Moore.

‘To achieve this we need to be switched on from the first to last whistle and not wait for 25 minutes before getting going.

‘A five-point win would move us level on points with our opponents and leave us heading in the right direction.’