The 1st XV ended 2016 with a "more than respectable performance" in a 55-10 defeat at Tottonians yesterday to bring some Christmas cheer to their Head Coach Barry Bridgman and their travelling faithful fans writes Brian Seeney .

"I think today's score was more than respectable considering our position in the league and some of the results we've had," said Head Coach Barry Bridgman.

"Totts were fourth in the table at the start of the game and have had some good results and are used to playing in this league with a good set of players.

"We were always up against it today but I think we acquitted ourselves well and had some good spells. But we need to bolt together those spells of five minutes here and five minutes there for longer periods.

"We also need to learn how to execute better. We had two or three other chances today that we should have put away and didn't."

Early Totts tries in the 5th and 9th minutes have them a 12-0 advantage but two minutes after their first incursion into the Totts 22, a catch and drive put Gos no. 8 Tim Snowden over for 12-5 with 22 minutes played.

Totts scored two more first half tries (31 and 39 minutes) and at 22-5 at the break, Gos needed the next score to stay in the game.

Instead Totts scored four converted tries in a row after 42, 44, 51 and 70 minutes and a final try on 75 minutes for 55-5.


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Try time for Tim at Totts - Tim Snowden scores the first Gos try yesterday. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Galley shortly.

But Gos had the last word in the last minute when they won the scrum against the head and ended up with Simon Trivett crossing.

"We kept going until the end as we always do and scored a good try at the end. In fact both tries were really good tries," said a pleased Bridgman.

"The try on 80 minutes illustrates the fact that we don't give up.

"I think we had periods of really good play and the five minutes leading up to the first try was probably the best we have played all season.

"After we conceded three tries in the first nine minutes of the second half we had a 20 minute spell where they didn't score and we were defending well and had some ball ourselves.

"Our tackles were something like 85% effective and that was great and much better than we've had in previous weeks but that was probably twice as many tackles as they had to execute and that does tire you out when they keep coming at you.

"They had so much more ball to play with and they were running hard at us all the time.

"Most of the time we were stuck behind the gain line and that's something we don't really do enough.

"We are not running on to the ball hard enough and taking the ball and making yards. It is something we have to get over.

"When we had ball we knocked on too much and we let the ball go far too often and kicked when we didn't need to. We need to iron out those things and a few other bits and pieces and we will be fine."

The players don't report back for training now until 3rd January but Bridgman has told them to "keep reasonably fit" over the Christmas holiday period before the first game of 2017 at home to high-flying Havant on 7th January.

"The players need a rest but they need to keep themselves fit over the two weeks," said Bridgman.

"They need to blow off steam obviously but they need to keep themselves fit and get in the gym and do a bit of running otherwise we will suffer in the first game because we won't be fit at all."

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