The 1st XV finally ended their long wait for an away win when they squeezed home 18-19 at Effingham & Leatherhead yesterday writes Brian Seeney.

It was back in April 2015 that they last won on the road and after victory had eluded them for so long, they spoilt the festive celebrations at Browns Lane with their second successive win and fifth of the season.

Gos are now seventh in London 2 South West, ten points clear of the relegation places occupied by yesterday's losers and next week's opponents Eastleigh, who are now bottom.

This felt like a game where only the result mattered for both sides and it wasn't the champagne rugby that Gos played a fortnight before when they beat top four side London Exiles at Gosport Park.

But, after a four-match losing run (three in the league) and getting uncomfortably close to the two relegation places, suddenly two wins on the trot and the first away win in 31 attempts will have lifted the spirits of everyone at Gosport Park.

Gos did have chances in the second half to grab the four try bonus point or a bigger margin of vioctory especially with three opportunities denied them by an upright and the referee.

Centre Wayne Dugan's 77th minute kick clattered against a post and fell the wrong way after the pack had won the penalty at the scrum five metres inside the Eagles' half.

Earlier a deliberate knock down of a scoring pass was missed and Dugan was denied when he chased a kick up field by brother Wes. He caught the ball at speed but with only one man to beat, was incorrectly adjudged to be in front of the kicker.

Gos made the perfect start with a try for wing Shaun Taylor and a touchline conversion by Wayne Dugan after just six minutes.

But the Eagles, boosted by their 8-9 at Winchester a fortnight ago and desperate for a win themselves, hit back with a 21st minute penalty and a try six minutes later. 8-7 and game on!

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A tap on the head from Daniel O'Donoghue for Sean Shepherd scoring the third Gos try. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery shortly.

On 34 minutes Wayne Dugan converted his own try after a series of kicks ahead well chased down but the Eagles kept in touch with their second penalty four minutes before the interval, for 11-14.

Five minutes into the second half a series of assaults on the Eagles try line ended with no. 8 Sean Shepherd getting the third Gos try for 11-19.

The second Eagles try on 67 minutes was converted so it was a tense last 17 minutes before the first away win after so long was confirmed.

"It was a result a lot (of people) in the club wanted but it (our away record) was never something we particularly worried about as a team, although it is good to get it out of the way nonetheless," said Head Coach Barry Bridgman.

"It's four points so a good win from that point of view but it's a shame it wasn't a five pointer and it could have been had we played better.

"At times we played quite poorly but managed to win and that's a good thing. There was loads of guts and loads of determination.

"When we scored after six minutes I thought we were on for a fairly large score but it wasn't to be.

"We had several opportunities to score and we butchered some of them. We have only ourselves to blame for that but the referee pulled us back a couple of times...

"Nine points from the last 10 is good and we would have bitten your arm off to be told we would get that after a sobering experience against Camberley (losing 19-55) against a very good side.

"We said we would learn from Camberley and we have so now we need a win next week to get farther away from the teams below us."

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