Nomads tame Pumas to win title

Wayne Dugan was on form for Gosport & Fareham
Wayne Dugan was on form for Gosport & Fareham
Reuben Knight finds space to run in one of Havant's nine tries. Picture: Neil Marshall (180422-190)

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Southsea Nomads were crowned Hampshire League division two champions after storming to a 34-3 win over Locks Heath Pumas at Furze Lane.

Pumas knocked over a first-minute penalty but that was as good as it got for the visitors as Nomads took charge.

On eight minutes top try scorer Andy Marsh added to his tally with Chris Smith adding the conversion.

Smith soon slotted over a penalty before converting a Zac Winning try before the break.

Nomads raced away to the title in the second half with further tries from James Hardy, Steve Hardman and Smith, who also added a conversion.

Gosport & Fareham paid the price for missed kicks as they slipped to a 28-16 London League south west two defeat at London Cornish.

‘If we had had a kicker, we would have won the game,’ said Gosport skipper Tim Snowden.

‘But take nothing away from the guys – we had a makeshift side out and the game could have gone either way in the second half.

‘Cornish are a good side, definitely one of the best sides we’ve played and it wasn’t a poor away performance at all.

‘I think overall we did very well. We were under the cosh quite a lot and they must have been on our try line for 20 minutes at one stage.

‘But that’s credit to our guys for defending well, working hard and showing they are determined which we’ve done in recent games.

‘Our scramble defence was really good but they were really coming at us at pace.

‘Their backs are good and they can put big scores on teams but that didn’t turn into a big score.

‘We knuckled down and we should have got something out of the game – a bonus point at least.

‘Winning is important but we held our heads high and if the better side on the day wins then so be it.’

Gosport & Fareham’s points came from two Sam Foster penalties and two tries by Wayne Dugan and Alex Heron.

Petersfield lost 29-18 at Alton in south west three.

In Hampshire League division one United Services slipped to a 37-20 defeat to New Milton at Burnaby Road and Fareham Heathens were thumped 64-8 at Ventnor.