Sheppard is the star as home flock make final

Alex Duncombe got on the scoreboard with his boot. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123258-8)
Alex Duncombe got on the scoreboard with his boot. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123258-8)
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Sean Sheppard helped inspire Gosport & Fareham to a 17-0 triumph over Havant in the Hampshire Cup semi-final at Gosport Park yesterday.

The 17-year-old was a constant thorn in the visitors’ side and was rewarded with a try as the hosts booked a place in the final against Portsmouth at Rugby Camp on Saturday.

Sheppard broke loose from a ruck to open the scoring – with Alex Duncombe converting superbly from the touchline.

Eight minutes later Josh Whitehead bounced off a couple of tackles to score in the corner and Wes Dugan powered over two minutes before the break.

The home side defended magnificently in the second half to ensure Havant didn’t get on the scoreboard.

‘It was sweet to finally beat Havant at the third time of asking this season,’ said Gosport & Fareham head coach Scott Ashley.

‘I can’t ask any more than two wins in two days.

‘Havant came out all guns blazing in the second half but by making a number of substitutions we made sure we had fresh legs out there.’

Havant captain Joel Knight was disappointed after his team failed to cope with the freezing conditions.

‘Gosport played the conditions better than we did,’ he said.

‘We gave away too many penalties and when we did get chances the final pass failed to go to hand.’