Crashing defeat as Gos come up well short
- Sunday, 09 April 2017
The 1st XV crashed to a 13-try defeat in their final away game of the season at Maidstone yesterday when they lost 89-10 in a match in which Head Coach Barry Bridgman said there were too many players who "fell far short of their capabilities and my expectations" writes Brian Seeney.
It began badly for Gos, conceding the first Maidstone try in just 48 seconds - not the fastest against them this season because they did let in a try at Havant in only 37 seconds in the third week of the season.
The home side quickly established a stranglehold on the game and in 28 minutes they had achieved the four-try bonus point with earlier scores in the 13th and 25th, missing only one conversion of the four.
Gos showed resistance to the onslaught through skipper Wes Dugan who from a scrum found a way though the Stones defence on the blindside for the first of his two tries in the 34th minute.
Stones got a converted try in the sixth minute of first half time added on and were comfortably in control by 33-5 at the interval.
Then followed a steady stream of converted tries after 51, 56, 58, 60, 64, 69, 73, and 78 minutes with a consolation second try from Wes Dugan in the third minute of overtime.
One of two tries for Gos man-of-the-match Wes Dugan. See more pictures in the Photo Gallery.
"The game was effectively over as regards winning after 28 minutes," admitted Bridgman.
"Four tries to nil by then had ruined any ideas of us taking points from the game.
"Our biggest problem was our tackling, trying to tackle big fit opposition too high and getting bounced off too often, closely followed by the inability to play the sloping pitch effectively.
"Two tries from Wes were just reward for him for a man-of-the-match performance but far too many others fell far short of their capabilities and my expectations.
"Once again the team never gave up but that wasn't good enough against a very slick, very well drilled team who with a fair amount of Australians were far quicker in thought and deed."
Gos remain at the bottom of the London 1 South table, still a point adrift of Dover with the final game of this wretched season to come in a fortnight's time against Sevenoaks whilst Dover finish at CS Rugby 1863.
Chiswick join Gos and Dover as the relegated sides - Brighton have escaped the drop by an eight point margin.
There was a surprise at the top of the table where Tottonians inflicted a first defeat of the season on champions Sidcup 22-16 whilst Havant retain a three point advantage in the race for the play-off spot with Tunbridge Wells.