Gosport wary of Tottonians threat

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Wayne Dugan
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Unbeaten Gosport & Fareham are determined not to allow Tottonians to burst their bubble in London two south west tommorow.

Scott Ashley’s team have established a three-point lead at the top of the standings but knows third-placed Tottonians will carry a potent threat.

‘This is a game where we will have to be careful,’ said Ashley.

‘Tottonians aren’t in third place for nothing and they will be viewing us as a big scalp.

‘They are usually strong up front and we will have to perform and match them.

‘We cannot afford to let our standards drop otherwise they could end up punishing us.’

Fielding a depleted side, Gosport & Fareham showed good strength in depth last weekend with a 29-0 win at bottom club Teddington.

The visitors blooded a number of youngsters who came through with flying colours.

Ashley has a number of players returning this weekend and the home side are likely to revert to experience in a crucial contest.

‘In a game like this, it is important to have players with fire in their belly and ice in their head,’ said Ashley.

‘That means we are likely to go with a bit more experience.’

Centre Wayne Dugan, outside-half Alex Duncombe and full-back Tom Lewis are all available again and are likely to figure.

Last week’s man-of-the-match, Chris Thompson, could again have a big part to play in the forwards.

‘Our target is to go into the Christmas break still top of the league,’ added Ashley.

Hampshire two leaders Fareham Heathens face a daunting trip down the Waterside to take on fourth-placed Fawley.

If Heathens slip up, Petersfield can leapfrog them back to the top by beating lowly Aldershot & Fleet at Penns Place.

Locks Heath Pumas are geared up for a stiff test against third-placed Ventnor at Brookfield School.

‘The team have come a long way under the training and guidance of Mike Vine and Jim Pearce,’ said club spokesman Damien Sambrook.

‘That showed when the players were still critical of their performance despite a 43-22 win over Nomads.

‘Some of the rugby played in the first half was breathtaking and few teams in the league can live with us when we play like that.’