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Lots of draw winners are in the money

Winners of the Monthly Draw for November, December and January draws have been named.

"We apologise for the delay in holding these Draws but due to the unavailability of bank statements from NatWest since mid-November, it is something that was out of our control," explained Club Chairman Alan Foulger who is the Draw Organiser.

The winners are:

November 2017 - £30 Mr S. Bennett, £20 Mr R. Bundy, £15 Ms S. Wheatcroft, £10 Mr T. Tubbritt.

December 2017 - £100 Mrs B. Fitzgerald, £30 Mr B. Seeney, £20 Mr N. Hardy, £15 Mr K. Raymond, £10 Mr H. Jones.

January 2018 - £30 Mr R. Gillett, £20 Mr L. Thwaites, £15 Mr W. Stevens, £10 Mr N. Hardy.

You could be a winner if you join the Monthly Draw for just £1 per month for one number or you can have multiple numbers to increase your chances of winning!

"We have about 170 numbers in the draw at present and I have set a target of 225 for the year 2018." said Alan.

"The more people that join, the bigger the prizes will get."

"It's an important fundraiser to enable our Club to purchase much needed equipment."

Application forms can be found in the library section of this website or in the Clubhouse.

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Naive Gos beaten in the end

The 1st XV slipped one place to eighth in the table after a last minute 20-24 defeat against fellow strugglers Andover at Gosport Park yesterday and Head Coach Barry Bridgman says his team are now "looking down the barrel of relegation again" writes Brian Seeney.

Gos still picked up a losing bonus in the loss point to stretch their lead from seven to eight points over Winchester and nine points over Eastleigh in London 2 South West. They stay ahead of Andover by a better points' difference of minus 166.

But yesterday's match was a golden opportunity to pull clear of the relegation scrap. Instead a tactically naive display has heaped unwelcome pressure on Gos with five games left of this campaign.

"That was very, very disappointing. We are looking down the barrel (of relegation) again and we shouldn't be there," said a dejected Bridgman who couldn't hide his frustration at the performance.

"We played the game wrongly in the first half and at half time I told them (Gos players) that we needed to tackle those big Andover boys around the ankles and knock them to the floor, then they will run out of players supporting. We needed to feed our backs more because when we ran at Andover we looked much, much better.

"We did that and scored two tries in the first eight minutes of the second half and then we stopped doing it again. We stopped doing what was working really well.

"We made crucial errors and missed tackles at crucial times."

Gos effectively gave the win to Andover when they opted for a scrum not a lineout on what was to be their last chance to get a very valuable fourth try.

"It was a poor on-field decision. We should have gone for the lineout where at least we had a chance. We didn't have any chance in the scrum because we had been going backwards (in the scrum) all afternoon. A scrum was no good at all.

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Wes Dugan's second try yesterday. Photo: Chris Roberts. See more pictures in the Photo Gallery.

"Rubbish decisions took the game away and not knowing how to play the game in the first half.

"It was obvious we shouldn't be battering away at their pack and I said that before the game. We needed to run their big boys around and we didn't do enough of that in the first half.

"In the second half we scored two tries through running the ball, then we shut up shop again and went back to trying to batter away at people. It was rubbish."

Gos started well and were 5-0 ahead after 10 minutes thanks to the first of skipper Wes Dugan's two tries, his second 90 seconds into the second half.

But Andover quickly hit back with a converted try on 16 minutes and after a yellow card for Toby Woodford in the 40th minute, an Andover penalty gave them a 5-10 half-time lead.

When at long last the ball was with the Gos backs, they scored again eight minutes into the second half when fly half Sam Foster prised open a gap and centre Wayne Dugan scored their third try.

There was 22 minutes left for Gos to grab a four try bonus point but instead, Andover's heavy pack pushed over on 61 minutes and the conversion took it to 17-17.

Full back Tom Lewis added to his earlier conversion of Wes Dugan's second try with a penalty on 73 minutes, to give Gos a 20-17 lead.

Then came the scrum not lineout call and almost inevitably, Andover got to the Gos end and after being patient with several bids for the try line, they succeeded and landed a simple conversion.

The final whistle came immediately and Gos were left to ponder on a game that they could and should have won and a defeat for which the players on the field can blame no one except themselves.

Thanks Darren

Darren Wright is the sponsor of the Match Ball for next Saturday's 1st XV game against Andover.

He is pictured with 1st XV forward Simon Trivett who presented Darren with a signed match day ball.

Match Ball sponsors have their photo taken with a 1st XV player which is published on this website and on the club's Facebook page to acknowledge their support.

Sponsors also receive a match ball signed by the 1st XV.

The cost of sponsorship is a minimum £50 although sponsors can give a bigger sum if they wish!

You can sponsor as a business, an individual or share the cost as a group of friends.

If you would like to support this scheme please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and contact details and confirm the amount you are willing to pay for any of our home fixtures this season.

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Words & photo: Brian Seeney

Dinner & Dance cancelled

The club's Annual Dinner & Dance scheduled for Saturday 24th February has been cancelled due to lack of support.

Refunds will be made to those who have already paid for tickets.

Best laid plans go all awry

The 1st XV crashed to a seven-try defeat at Farnham yesterday when what looked like their strongest starting side of the season lost 44-21 and their lead over the bottom two teams in the table narrowed from 11 points to just seven writes Brian Seeney.

After losing their previous game at strugglers Effingham & Leatherhead 13-12, Farnham were quickly into their stride and lead 8-0 from a third minute penalty and a 12th minute try. But within three minutes Gos scored a converted try through flanker Max Page and the boot of fly half Alex Duncombe.

On 22 minutes Farnham's second try took it to 13-7 then Duncombe was unlucky when a long range penalty clattered an upright seven minutes later.

Two tries in three minutes, the first easy conversion missed and the second not so, gave Farnham a 25-7 lead after 39 minutes with skipper Wes Dugan narrowing that to 25-14 and Duncombe converting the try four minutes into first half time added on.

Any hopes of a Gos revival were destroyed by two converted tries in three minutes for 39-14 at the start of the second half and although Wes Dugan grabbed a second try again improved by Duncombe on 62 minutes, Farnham had the last word with a try within two minutes.

"I thought we had a really good side out this week having picked from strength and I was telling the boys that right up until the kick-off that they could go out and win this game. I was obviously wrong," admitted Head Coach Barry Bridgman.

"My optimism was off the mark. It was the best on paper but it wasn't the best on grass.

"The first half was dire.

"We allowed them to do too much in the first half. Our tackling was poor at times with phases of bouncing off people and unfortunately they took full advantage every time we made a mistake.

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Wes Dugan scores one of his two tries at Farnham yesterday. Photo: Chris Roberts.

"At half time we told the guys they needed to sort the scrum out and after that it worked much better. That was pleasing and the lineout was a little bit better.

"But our first half was quite poor.

"They thoroughly deserved their win and seven tries because they took advantage of our poor play.

"Our players lost momentum in the first half because they kept on moaning and groaning to one another about the referee instead of concentrating on what they should have been doing which was concentrating on Farnham.

"The sorry story of the first half was that we kept going backwards all of the time. We missed a lot of tackles and dropped far too much ball.

"I was hoping we would get a bonus point and I thought we might but the way the afternoon was going we weren't going to.

"We thought we were getting better but on that performance we've got worse."

After a week's break, Gos will next face Andover who lost at home improving Effingham & Leatherhead 17-44 yesterday.

Bottom side Eastleigh won at KCS Old Boys 12-15 with now next to bottom Winchester humbled 8-24 at Old Tonbridgians, leaving Gos uncomfortably closer to those two relegation places.

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