Wells’ relief as Gosport emerge from tough week

Chris Thompson. Picture: Malcolm Wells (13959-6734)
Chris Thompson. Picture: Malcolm Wells (13959-6734)
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Gosport & Fareham avoided a potential banana skin by winning 29-0 at basement-club Teddington.

Director of rugby Mark Wells feared the worst when players dropped out during the week – and then the coach turned up late after breaking down on the way.

But despite it all, the visitors maintained their unbeaten record in London two south west.

‘I am unhappy with some of the players and their reasons for not playing,’ said Wells.

‘After beating Guildford in our top-of-the-table game, the last week has proved difficult.

‘We had to bring in two youngsters who were playing for our colts last season and they both did well.

‘Chris Thompson was superb for us in the forwards. It was probably the best I’ve ever seen him play.’

Teddington belied their position at the bottom and the result was an exciting game of open, running rugby.

Gosport & Fareham, however, carried too much firepower and raced into a 24-0 lead by half-time.

Thompson, winger Gareth Jones and hooker Joey Clarke (two) crossed for tries with debut-making full-back Nathan Walton kicking two conversions.

Sam Foster provided the only score of the second half.

‘We should have won by a lot more but squandered five or six further opportunities through knocking the ball on.’ said Wells.

‘The team worked hard, defended well and maintained a good tempo.

‘All the lads who came in at the last minute did well and we are pleased to come through a difficult week with another bonus-point win.’

Fareham Heathens moved to the top of Hampshire two with a 28-0 win over Chineham at Cams Alders.

Their eighth straight league win saw them leapfrog Petersfield to lead by a point.

‘Our defence is outstanding and we have not conceded a point in our last four games,’ said Heathens’ Chris Lee.

‘It is all down to the coaching of Mark Flower and Bernie Rhodes.’

Try scorers included Harry King, Ollie Soundy, Steve Devoy (two) and Doug Barrow.

Locks Heath Pumas gained revenge for their RFU Junior Vase exit by beating Southsea Nomads 43-22 at Furze Lane.