There was a sense of “Groundhog Day” at a typically windy Gosport Park as Gosport & Fareham were unable to turn effort and possession into a win against a ruthless Reeds Weybridge.
The coaches and players were left frustrated and disappointed, particularly as Gosport had started well and were by far the better side. With the wind in their backs the blue & golds put sufficient pressure on the away side for them to force the early errors. After just two minutes Dom Holling kicked the first of two penalties, the second on 13 minutes. Gosport had further chances to extend the lead following a couple of kick and chases but the uncertainty of the bounce of the rugby ball meant that the chances went begging.
It was immediately following a Gosport yellow card that the extra player began to tell for the away side with them initially scoring in the corner on 16 minutes and again with a converted try on the half hour. Holling reduced the deficit with a further penalty as the clock turned red on half time and it looked like the teams were going to go into the break with less than a score between them. Unfortunately, however, with the last play of the half Reeds ran from deep and broke straight through the defence to make the half time score 9 – 17.
The second half started, very much like the first with Gosport forcing the discipline from the away side and were able to reduce the difference in the scores with a fourth penalty from Holling on 50 minutes. This was though going to be the last Gosport score in the match and Reeds Weybridge were ruthless in their finishing, scoring three further converted tries to make the final score a rather flattering 12 – 38.
Head coach, George Hillan reflected on the match. “We are really frustrated. The players played really well, especially on the ground and the number of turnovers was phenomenal, particularly through our back row of Tom Bell, Dan Turner and Will Larkin. It certainly wasn’t the one-sided game that the score line suggests, we know that if we could just be more composed in the scoring zone, if we could just get that last pass off then it would make all the difference.
I think we are yet to identify our best 18 and when we do, I'm sure things will begin to click and I think the team will surprise themselves and the opposition.”
Gosport visit Old Georgians next week before a week’s break.
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