Gosport keen to vent frustrations

Sam Foster Picture: Roger Smith
Sam Foster Picture: Roger Smith
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Gosport & Fareham coach Neil McRoberts is hoping the new year will bring a change of fortune in his side’s London One south away form.

The Blue & Golds suffered a miserable time on their travels in the first half of the campaign by failing to record a single win on the road.

They start their post-Christmas programme with a daunting visit to Sutton & Epsom.

And with their hosts sitting fourth in the table, McRoberts’ team know they face a difficult task in overturning a 65-24 home defeat at the hands of the south London side.

But the first-team coach feels his players are determined to get started after the frustration of last weekend, when their game against Twickenham was called off due to the late arrival of their opponents.

A motorway accident delayed the team and, when they arrived, they declined to play the game under the Gosport training lights.

‘It was extremely frustrating for the players who had prepared hard for the game,’ said McRoberts.

‘We even trained on the Friday night and had warmed up twice out on the pitch before the game was called off.

‘The forwards even stayed on afterwards to put in a gruelling scrummage and line-out session.

‘They just want to get out there and get stuck into Sutton & Epsom.’

McRoberts is boosted by the return of a number of players, including prop-forward Mark Jones and outside-half Sam Foster.

Navy second-row player Ed Pascoe looks set to make his debut from the replacements bench.

Unbeaten Hampshire Two leaders Locks Heath Pumas are looking to get back into the swing of things at home against Overton.

Coach Jim Pearce has warned his players to guard against complacency after they defeated their visitors comfortably earlier in the season.

‘We want to continue in the same vein as before the break and pick up maximum points,’ said Pearce.

‘It is important that we don’t take anything for granted, go out there and blow the cobwebs away.’

Wing-forward Tom Palmer could make his first appearance but prop-forward Alan Ainscough is away on navy duties.

Petersfield have a friendly at Winchester after their Hampshire One opponents Team Solent pulled out of the league.