Hard work will soon start paying off for Gosport & Fareham

Gosport have some key men back involved included Tom Lewis. Picture: Neil Marshall
Gosport have some key men back involved included Tom Lewis. Picture: Neil Marshall
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George Hillan insists Gosport & Fareham are focusing on the positives as they host Old Cranleighans at Gosport Park on Saturday (3pm).

Though the Blue & Golds currently find themselves bottom of London two south west they remain confident they can get out of trouble.

Head coach Hillan believes it is a work in progress and soon they will get rewards for the work they are putting in.

He said: ‘Following the disappointment of the Old Reigatian fixture, we have carried out a different approach to preparing for this game.

‘We have prepared well, developing a couple of areas which were identified from watching a video of our last game. 

‘The players are fully focused and can't wait to get back onto the field of battle, especially as we are playing at Gosport Park.

‘At home we will draw upon the energy from the crowd and utilise them as the 16th man.

‘We are up against opponents who are just one place above us.

‘So far we have played five of the top six teams and with the exception of one game given a good account of ourselves.

‘Now we have a series of games against teams in and around us.

‘What we must learn is to control our emotions and excitement when we are in specific areas of the pitch.’

The home side are boosted by the return of influential figures Aiden Price and Tom Lewis.

Fareham Heathens are targeting a third successive win as they host Millbrook at Cams Alders in Hampshire one (3pm).

Head coach Dave Wheaton said: ‘We both play a similar style of rugby.

‘The small margin of errors could prove costly for either side and we need to stay focused throughout.

‘It has been pleasing the way the squad has conducted itself these past few games.

‘I see no reason why the lads cannot perform again this week.’

Doug Barrow starts at outside centre, Graeme Wilson at openside and James Whitefield is in at number eight.

Locks Heath Pumas cross the Solent to take on the Isle of Wight in Hampshire one.