- Sunday, 26 March 2017
The 1st XV beat Dover Sharks 33-17 at Gosport Park yesterday for their first bonus try win and second victory of the season, scoring five tries for a result that Head Coach Barry Bridgman described as "sweet revenge" writes Brian Seeney.
Four months ago Gos made the 12 hour 292 mile round trip to Dover and were 46-18 losers which clearly still rankles Head Coach Barry Bridgman.
"We scored three good tries down there and in the second half we capitulated playing up that slope. So it was sweet revenge and nice to get that second win today," he told me.
"I'm very happy with that although we could have done a lot better.
"To be honest I think we were 20 points better than that because we missed a couple of very good chances in the first half - one was an absolute sitter.
"I think our game management and our decision making was poor at times.
"But I've got to be pleased with the win and the boys are pleased with the win. They are really happy because they've done well.
"We scored five tries and picked up our first bonus point so we've got to be pleased with that.
"Some of the things we talked about before the game and some of the things I asked the boys to do came off but some didn't so it just needs more work.
"I fear that's the sort of level we are going to be playing at next season and we must manage the games better if we are going to win in London 2 (South West) next season.
Wayne Dugan scores the second try yesterday. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery now.
"If you don't manage games then those are the games where you are going to stumble and come unstuck."
Number 8 Ben Roberts had another big game for Gos and taking a 15th minute team yellow card simply seemed to spur him on to greater things with two second half tries in 15 minutes when he twice burst through the Sharks defence in the 43rd and 58th minutes.
His Navy Under 23 colleague Rory Penfold proved he could do the same having scored the first Gos try 21 minutes. The full back added his second score and the fifth Gos try on 65 minutes.
Centre Wayne Dugan was in top form once again, scoring and converting his own try that made it 14-0 after 25 minutes. He converted three more.
It was a day for yellow cards - Dover suffered twice and went down to 13 men on 37 minutes when nothing more than handbags resulted in one of the Sharks walking off alongside Gos prop Nathan Titchener.
Dover's first yellow came two minutes earlier with Roberts' first try coming against the 13.
The Sharks, who were relegated with Gos a fortnight before, were never in with a chance of victory but they kept their morale up with three tries in the 32nd minute (for 14-5), the 49th minute (21-10) and a consolation 78th minute score.
The five point win took Gos to within a point of Dover and with three games to go, the possibility of ending the season off the bottom of the London 1 South table where they have sat all season, became a possibility.
Brighton's 12-17 win at Tunbridge Wells upset the Kent side's play-off chase and makes it look more likely the Blues will avoid the drop at the expense of Chiswick, who lost 31-12 at Gravesend.
Brighton's win helped Havant who only just beat CS Rugby 1863 by 31-30 in two shock results of a day on which Sidcup deservedly clinched the title with a 19-31 win at Maidstone. With three games left (their last at home to Havant) Sidcup could go all season unbeaten.