McRoberts keen to make most of top form

Tom Blackburn. Picture: Sarah Standing (142624-8106)
Tom Blackburn. Picture: Sarah Standing (142624-8106)
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Gosport & Fareham are still looking for their first away win for almost two years in London one south as they visit Cobham tomorrow.

Neil McRoberts is hoping the Hampshire Cup win at Portsmouth last weekend will boost his team’s belief they can finally deliver on the road in the league.

‘We are going into the game with two excellent results and performances under our belt,’ said the head coach.

‘Another win will see us put a bit more daylight between us and the clubs below us.

‘We beat Cobham at our place but we are expecting a more difficult test this time.’

McRoberts has been forced to reshuffle his forwards, with Mark Jones returning at tight-head prop.

Tom Blackburn moves across to loose-head and Tim Snowden reverts to the back row.

Meanwhile, unbeaten Hampshire one leaders United Services are in derby action against Fareham Heathens at Burnaby Road.

‘Heathens gave us a very tough game at their place and we are expecting the same,’ said Services director of rugby Matt Davis.

‘They are a very well-organised outfit and we will have to be at our best.

‘We will look to play our normal high-tempo game.

‘If we can get quick ball we will be able to release our pacy three-quarters.’

The visitors are under no illusions of the difficulty of the task but are keen to become the first side to lower Services’ colours.

‘We ran them close at our place and ended up with a losing bonus point,’ said Heathens coach Bernie Rhodes.

‘Their record speaks for itself but that doesn’t mean they are unbeatable.

‘All our players are up for the challenge and are determined to take the game to them.’

Petersfield travel to Fordingbridge aiming to bounce back from their disappointing Hampshire Plate exit to Chineham.

Locks Heath Pumas return to Hampshire two action after a fortnight break with a trip to face Fawley.

‘We are still getting back into gear after Christmas,’ said coach Jim Pearce.

Winless Southsea Nomads visit Kingsclere.