Gosport & Fareham’s unbeaten start to their London two south west campaign was ended in a 12-6 defeat by Camberley at Gosport Park.
The home side suffered an off-day in a poor contest.
‘For two teams who are top of the league I thought the game was very poor,’ said Gosport’s head coach Mark Wells.
‘Camberley weren’t a great side but we completely underperformed and didn’t play very well at all.
‘It was Camberley’s nous and experience against our youth and enthusiasm and they came out on top.
‘Individuals in our team, who are key players, didn’t play well on the day and that’s not good enough.
‘We didn’t deserve to win because they scored two tries and we scored none.
‘I thought our two yellow cards were harsh and their first try definitely involved them crossing.
‘But at the end of the day it didn’t really affect the game because collectively the team didn’t function.
‘The players said they felt terrible, awful and admitted they played rubbish.
‘They need to feel that underachievement and learn from it and go forward. That’s important for this quite young team.
‘There’s a lot to be learned from this result and this team of players feel bad.
‘We can’t play that poorly again.
‘We are a top-half-of-the-table team but we have got to do better than that because we have got to learn to control these sort of games.
‘Although we were ahead at half-time we hadn’t played at all well.
‘It was shocking game of rugby but we will go away and work on things.’
Wes Dugan gave Gosport a first half advantage with a 12th-minute drop goal but Camberley hit back in the second half with two tries, one of which was converted.
Though the visitors had to play six minutes with 13 men after two yellow cards, Gosport could only manage to add a Sam Foster penalty.