The 1st XV may have lost their fourth game in a row 19-32 to Gravesend yesterday but they showed signs of real improvement scoring three tries which delighted Head Coach Barry Bridgman writes Brian Seeney.

"I think our defence was much better although it's not 100% yet," he said.

"We still have that dogged determination which hasn't changed in any of the games but today it proved its worth because Gravesend started to flag in the last 20 minutes and we came right back into the game.

"The forwards were going well at that point, particularly Danny Gamblin and Grant Hill.

"Alex Cooksley showed his running game for 15-20 minutes which freed up some big spaces for us to score and I think we were unlucky not to score another couple of tries.

"I thought Nick Gallimore played extremely well too on his home debut.

"We let in a couple of soft tries again which is a problem but I think it was a pretty even game.


Nick Gallimore scores the third Gos try on his home debut. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery now.

"It was an improvement because the boys have worked hard in the week and they need to work harder still. But it's in their own hands and if they continue to work hard we will get somewhere."

Gravesend had established a 0-20 lead by half-time through two early penalties (7 and 16 minutes) and two converted tries (32 and 37 minutes).

And when Gravesend moved went to 0-25 six minutes after the break, Gos could quite easily have folded although the visitors were not as capable as either Havant or Tottonians (or even Sevenoaks) who handed out heavy defeats in the previous games.

Lead by captain Wes Dugan, who scored their first try on 55 minutes with brother Wayne converting, Gos then conceded a fourth try and conversion and at 7-32, the game was gone after 58 minutes but certainly not over.

Two late tries made the scoreline more than respectable when wing Rory Penfold's speed took him clear in the 77th minute and when Gravesend were reduced to 14 men for a yellow card, impressive home debutant Nick Gallimore scored and converted his own try six minutes later.

Gos remain bottom of the London 1 South table as the only team without a point and go to Chiswick next Saturday to play the side five points and three places above them. But they will do so with a lot more confidence after this display.

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