Snowden back as Daly rings the changes

Gosport skipper Tim Snowden
Gosport skipper Tim Snowden
Luke Simmons slides in for the opening try. Picture: Neil Marshall (171730-1)

Portsmouth closing in on Twickenham dream

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Gosport & Fareham make four changes to their starting line-up for the trip to London Cornish in London south-west two (2.15pm).

Ryan Thorne and Dai Whitehead are unavailable, so Callum Paterson is drafted in on the wing and Trevor Westerman starts at prop.

Toby Woodford is sidelined with a knock on the nose, so Matt Thurston steps up after good performances in the second string.

Skipper Tim Snowden returns after a week’s rest, with Anthony Reynolds dropping to the bench.

‘Now we have ensured our survival in the league this season, the task begins to build for next season,’ said director of rugby Jamie Daly.

‘But the excellent win against Havant last weekend has given us something major to play for with the Hampshire Cup final now extending our season to the end of April.

‘The situation at the top of the league is so tight that we are in the mix in deciding who gets promotion and who gets the play-off spot on the last league weekend of the season when we play promotion hopefuls Guildford.

‘We have put in two great performances in our past two games and we want another good display this week.

‘It is important to keep the momentum going for that crucial Guildford match, which will now be part of the build-up to the cup final.’

Gosport & Fareham: Duncombe, Heron, Dugan Wayne, Wood, Paterson, Foster, Dugan Wes, Burton, Clark, Westerman, Pollard, Thurston, Barnes, Snowden, Moggeridge, Reynolds, Wakefield.

n Petersfield face an important derby at Alton after finding themselves dragged into the London south west three relegation battle.

Tenth-placed Fordingbridge have closed the gap to six points, leaving the Penns Place club under pressure.

n In Hampshire League division one, United Services can leapfrog visitors New Milton & District if they beat the New Forest side at Burnaby Road.

Meanwhile, bottom club Fareham Heathens go in search of a third league win of the season across the Solent at Ventnor.

n Southsea Nomads hope to clinch promotion from Hampshire two by beating Locks Heath Pumas in their final home game of the season at Furze Lane (3pm).

Southsea Nomads: Groves, Ware, Wreford, Hardman, Drury M, Clarke A, Stoneman, Winning, Parker, Smith, Wareing, Brown, Hardy, Ayles, Marsh, Mitchell, Roff, Tyler, Long.