Gosport & Fareham pay for another sloppy start

Wes Dugan. Picture: Roger Smith
Wes Dugan. Picture: Roger Smith
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A disastrous first-half set Gosport & Fareham on their way to a 36-5 London one south defeat at Medway.

The game was virtually over as a contest at the break as the home side opened up a 22-point lead.

Scrum-half Wes Dugan battered his way over at the start of the second half to put the visitors’ only points on the board.

‘It was the same old story of us not turning up until half-time,’ said coach Neil McRoberts.

‘In the first 40 minutes we were still on the coach.

‘By half-time we found ourselves pretty much out of it after shipping three tries.

‘We had chances at the start of the second half but apart from the try we lacked the necessary accuracy in the attacking third.

‘Again we looked comfortable going forward but look frail when the opposition have the ball.

‘That is something we need to address.

‘The players have again requested an extra training session ahead of next weekend’s must-win game against Twickenham.’

Elsewhere, Fareham Heathens moved up to second place in Hampshire one after winning 37-17 at Ellingham & Ringwood.

It was far from plain sailing, though, as the hosts started strongly and raced into a 17-3 lead.

‘We just didn’t get off the bus,’ said coach Bernie Rhodes.

‘In the second half we hit our straps and our tight five were totally dominant.

‘Our tight-head prop, Chris Webb, was unbelievable and put them under so much pressure.’

Ellingham conceded penalty after penalty as they struggled to cope with the power of the Heathens scrummage.

In the first half, Cam Guthrie knocked over a penalty and converted a Matt Smith try.

Number eight Smith went on to add three more tries after the break.

‘It is a nice feeling to be sitting pretty in second place,’ said Rhodes.

‘After a disappointing start to the game it is good to come home with five points.’

Locks Heath Pumas’ game against Millbrook was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.