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Seats still available for Christmas match day lunch but book soon!

There are still some seats available for members and non-members at next Saturday's Christmas Match Day Lunch before the 1st XV's league game against London Exiles.

But bookings must be made no later than next Thursday (23rd November) at 6pm so don't delay - reserve your place now!

The Bar will be open from 11.30am - sit down is at 12.15pm sharp as kick-off is at 2.30pm.

For more including prices and booking rules see the story first published on 3 November or contact Lunch Organiser Jill Salvat on 07952 966006 (mobile) or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Cheers Patrick

Patrick Noonan, landlord of The Clarence Arms pub is the sponsor of the Match Ball for next Saturday's 1st XV league game against London Exiles (2.30pm)

He is pictured with 1st XV captain Wes Dugan who presented Patrick with a signed match day ball at the pub in Clarence Road, Gosport.

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

Gos exit cup but show what they are really made of

The 1st XV's interest in the RFU Intermediate Cup ended with two late tries from Farnham who won 29-31 yesterday but only after Gos had played their best rugby of the season so far at a chilly Gosport Park writes Brian Seeney.

Gos had lead for all but three minutes of the game until the 79th minute when Farnham scored the winning converted try having got one five minutes before.

"We lost that through simple errors and making mistakes," confessed Head Coach Barry Bridgman.

"We made schoolboy errors and the last try we gave away was a daft try to give away. But there were a lot of positives to take out of the game.

"It was the best game we have played all season. There were patches of play there that we have been trying to achieve for weeks and some of those things came together.

"At times we played some superb rugby but I think we fell foul of our own misgivings about how well we can play.

"We were competing in the lineout, running well of and off the ball, the scrummage went well and the contact went well and was much more on our terms. Our defence was much better too.

"We were quicker to the breakdown but at the end of the day we didn't do enough and that is a shame."

Gos unveiled a new kicker in centre Dom Holling who "put his hand up" when they didn't have a kicker and was revelation even before the game, when he was our practicing which is a sight not often seen at Gosport Park!

He struck early with the game's first penalty after 2 minutes but Farnham responded immediately by spinning the ball wide and exposing the Gos defence for 3-5.

Holling kicked two more penalties either side of a Farnham yellow card then fly half Rory Penfold's try on 20 minutes, which involved contributions from Holling and Sean Shepherd, took it to 14-5.

 

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Alex Heron scores his second try in as many weeks yesterday. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery now.

A penalty try for Farnham within six minutes was followed by Holling intercepting to score the second Gos try for 19-12 at the break.

Gos survived a silly yellow card for second row Louis Bristow and full back Alex Heron's second try in successive weeks on 52 minutes stretched their lead to 24-12.

Farnham's battle to get back into the game started on 67 minutes with their third try but Shaun Taylor cancelled that out within four minutes and at 29-17, Gos had only nine minutes to survive.

But two Farnham tries in five minutes ended their hopes.

"Now we've got to bottle that and take it into next week against London Exiles," said Bridgman.

"There is a lot of hope for us next week after this performance. It was much, much better. People wanted to play for each other and play as a team.

"There were four of five stand-out players today and some good success stories.

"It does give me some food for thought choosing the team next week because this wasn't a regular first team. Maybe that's the answer.

"There is a temptation to field an unchanged side but it all depends on who is available and who is not.

"I thought for a long time that we were going to win that until that last try. We had chances and it's a shame we didn't win it."

He was not alone - most of the sparse crowd thought so to except for a handful of delighted Farnham fans who saw their side snatch it right at the end...

For the second successive week, Gos played in a game very well refereed - Hampshire's Richard Smith drawing praise from Bridgman who said the official "allowed the teams to play".

Cash winners

The winners of the October Monthly Draw have been named.

They are: £30 P. Hobby; £20 R. Bundy; £15 M. Monaghan; £10 H. Jones

Find out more about how you can win cash prizes in the Monthly Draw section of this website or pick up an Application Form from the Clubhouse.

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Thanks ladies

Members of the Wilkinson family and their friends are the sponsors of the Match Ball for this Saturday's 1st XV game against Farnham in the second round of the RFU Intermediate Cup (2pm kick off).

They are pictured with 1st XV forwards Max Page (left) and Tim Snowden who presented them with a 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.

Pictured below are (from left) Lynn Wilkinson, Katie Temple, Kay Wilkinson, Brenda Wilkinson, Sarah Clarke and Sharon Close.

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Words & photo: Brian Seeney

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