The 1st XV's long wait for a win away from home continues after they lost 25-13 at Old Reigatian yesterday and slipped from third to fifth in the London South West 2 table writes Brian Seeney.

Gos were without five unavailable and two injured players from the side that beat Winchester a week ago when the team was announced after training on Thursday night. By the time they were boarding the bus, two more were on the absent list.

They were a try down inside six minutes yesterday and conceded two tries before the interval (26 and 32 minutes) with a solitary 16th minute penalty by centre Wayne Dugan their only first half reward.

Skipper Wes Dugan's third try in as many games brought Gos back into the match after only three minutes of the second half to 15-8 and they got to 18-13 on the hour when Wayne Dugan put debut making wing Will Baxandall in for their second try after a penalty converted by the home side eight minutes before.

The converted fourth try and bonus point for Old Reigatian came 10 minutes after the Gos revival and the home team successfully repelled a final pressure spell from Gos, defending really well particularly in the closing minutes.


It's that man again - Wes Dugan's third try in as many games yesterday. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery shortly.

"Full credit to Old Reigatian because they stuck at it refusing to give up the bonus point at the end," said Interim Head Coach Simon Pickett.

"In the traditional Gosport way we didn't start very well but in the second half we started to get some front foot rugby with Tom Batley carrying well. I think we probably did deserve a bonus point from it but they shut us out.

"Because Old Reigatian started well essentially they won that game in the first half.

"The lads who went out were more than capable of a win and we certainly showed that in the second half but our start cost us the game.

"I think they will be amongst the top four sides and at Gosport Park will be there to be beaten but I think today we made bad decisions too many times.

"We have really got to sort out our away form and that starts with a decent availability (of players).

"We've got a few injuries and all the lads who weren't available had legit reasons but the players need to look at the calendar and plan ahead.

"It is difficult as a coach but the positive side is that I managed to look at a few more lads today who got a first team shirt and certainly I'm confident if we lose two or three lads in a week we still have lads to come in to be a competitive side in this league and that's very much a positive to take from this weekend."

Head Coach Barry Bridgman was watching on yesterday and will resume his duties next week.

With Pickett alongside, both coaches and their players know that after two years and five months without a win away from Gosport Park, a victory on the road is urgently needed if the top four slot they crave is to be nothing more than just a dream...

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