Gosport out to remain top dogs

Gosport prop Matt Flower
Gosport prop Matt Flower
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Unbeaten Gosport & Fareham are keen to remain top dogs in London two south west when they visit Old Alleynians tomorrow.

The league is rapidly looking like a two-horse race, with Gosport and Guildford locked together on 34 points – eight points ahead of their nearest rivals.

Gosport head the table on points difference and know that there is little margin for error.

Scott Ashley’s side, however, are the highest scorers in the league, with 272 points in seven games, and powered past Winchester 65-16 last weekend.

‘We have shown that we are capable of putting teams to the sword,’ said Ashley.

‘Now we have returned to the top we would like to stay there.

‘The past few weeks we have proved our strength in depth, with a number of players coming in and doing well.

‘Against Winchester, once we went back to our game plan of playing controlled rugby, we dominated the game.

‘We are starting to get a number of players back and competition for places is increasing all the time.

‘It is all building up quite nicely towards our game at Guildford in a few weeks time.

‘Although it is still early days, that game is likely to be a decisively important affair.’

Fareham Heathens are eyeing the scalp of unbeaten Petersfield in a crunch top-of-the-table Hampshire two clash at Cams Alders (2.30pm).

The home side warmed up for the encounter with a convincing 41-8 win at Aldershot & Fleet, stretching their own unbeaten run to five games.

With just one defeat in seven games this season, Heathens will present Petersfield with their toughest test to date.

Locksheath Pumas entertain the Oilmen of Fawley looking for a win that will see them leapfrog their visitors into third place.

The home side will have to improve on the performance that saw them draw 3-3 at lowly Chineham last time out.