Overnight stay could be catalyst for first Gosport away win

Gosport's head coach Neil McRoberts.'' Picture: Sarah Standing
Gosport's head coach Neil McRoberts.'' Picture: Sarah Standing
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Gosport & Fareham are leaving nothing to chance in their bid to pick up their first London one south away win of the season at Dover.

The squad are making a rare overnight stay to boost their preparations ahead of the crucial game.

‘We are hoping the long journey to Dover will prove the long road to our first away win,’ said coach Neil McRoberts.

‘It is ideal for us to get there early and allows us to prepare properly with a relaxed morning ahead of the game.

‘We have chalked up two successive wins and it is all about keeping the momentum going.

‘There is an increased confidence within the squad which has performed well in all the games since the start of the year.’

The wins have taken the Blue and Golds away from the relegation zone into a comfortable mid-table position.

A first away win will go a long way towards securing the visitors league status for another season.

McRoberts is forced to make a couple of changes but believes his squad possesses the depth to cope with them.

Forwards Ben Madigan and Ed Pascoe are unavailable so Mark Jones returns to the hooker position with captain Tim Snowdon reverting back to wing forward.

‘Despite the changes I feel the pack is just as strong and will need to be if we are to have any chance of winning at Dover,’ said McRoberts.

Unbeaten Hampshire Two leaders Locks Heath Pumas should carry too much firepower for lowly Kingsclere.

Senior coach Jim Pearce believes his side are capable of improving in a number of areas.

‘We have not got back up to speed since the Christmas break,’ said Pearce.

‘Our set-piece play has been a bit sloppy all season and it is time to start putting that right.

‘With the way the fixtures have been organised, though, it has been difficult to maintain any continuity.

‘We have another two-week break after this game.’

The Pumas give a debut to vastly-experienced forward Gavin Hart who has arrived from Basingstoke.

John Barfoot is unavailable and Al Ainscow reverts to his favoured wing-forward spot.