Wells happy after Gosport ‘man up’ to get victory

Mark Wells felt Gosport made hard work of it
Mark Wells felt Gosport made hard work of it
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Gosport & Fareham made it four wins out of four in London two south west with a hard-fought 30-20 success at London Cornish.

The visitors were worthy winners.

But Gosport director of rugby Mark Wells admitted his side made life difficult for themselves.

He said: ‘We looked comfortable, leading 17-5 at half-time, only to allow London Cornish back into the game through our own errors.

‘When they got back to 17-17, with 15 minutes to play, I thought we were in trouble.

‘But fortunately we manned up well and managed to drag ourselves off the ropes.

‘We were the much better team but kept allowing them to stay in the game.’

Gosport started slowly, playing their rugby in the wrong areas, allowing the hosts to grab the opening try after 20 minutes.

The visitors responded with captain Matt Smith winning good possession at the line-out.

With Matt Flower and Chris Thompson starting to drive at the Cornish defence, Gosport capitalised with three tries before the break.

Forwards John Field and Ben Madigan crossed, before full-back Laurence Waddon added a third along with a conversion.

Gosport, however, surrendered the initiative in the second half and Cornish hit back to level the scores.

Eventually, it was winger Gareth Jones who came to the rescue, breaking three tackles to power over for Gosport.

Waddon, back after two years out due to injury, added the conversion and a couple of penalties to end up with 15 points.

Cornish scored another late try but Gosport were home and dry by then.

Wells feels his team are growing in stature and making forward strides.

He said: ‘We are still a very young team.

‘After last season’s difficult time in London one, the players have grown up a little bit.

‘There is also greater competition for places and we have a squad of about 40 players in our two senior sides.

‘This season is already far more enjoyable for everyone and there is a much better feeling throughout the club.’