The 1st XV were well beaten at Winchester losing 47-27 yesterday in a match that went from bad to worse as they conceded seven tries to their already relegated Hampshire neighbours but somehow managed to score five tries themselves writes Brian Seeney.

The bonus point was no consolation on a day that they lost centre Tom Lewis within minutes of the start with a quad injury, conceded two tries in the first 15 minutes and were a shadow of the side that had saved themselves from relegation the week before with a five try win over Effingham & Leatherhead.

On a warm and sunny afternoon it was Winchester who looked like they were side that were staying in London 2 South West rather than Gos

"We played poor poorly, we took lots of wrong options, we defended poorly, missed tackles and dropped lots of ball. When you put all those things together you can't play a game of winning rugby," admitted Head Coach Barry Bridgman who was hoping for a big win against his former club.

Bridgman and his players were sent packing by Winchester after the highs of last weekend's win and now face a trip to runaway league champions Camberley next week where all that's left to play for is pride.

"Fair play to Winchester I thought they played very, very well," said Bridgman.

"They wanted the game and I said to their coach it's a shame you didn't play like that for the previous 21 games because you would still be in this league (next season).

"Winchester played particularly well and exploited all our weaknesses. We played the wrong game and we didn't react to what they were doing.

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Sean Shepherd scores one of his two tries yesterday. Photo: Chris Roberts.

"All our preparation seemed to go well in the week, the (pre-match) warm-up was really good and everyone seemed very positive. The boys seemed up for it and relaxed.

"It was a bit like a coiled spring but it just never happened. We didn't get into the game at all and it was not what we expected. We were pretty poor today."

Gos were naturally disrupted losing Lewis within three minutes of the start and they were 12-0 down inside 14 minutes before skipper Wes Dugan scored his side's first try in the 17th minute for 12-5.

A Winchester try on 31 minutes was answered through full back Will Baxandall's try after a well worked blindside break within four minutes, but a 40th minute Winchester penalty made it 20-10 at the interval.

The first score of the second half was going to be critical and Winchester got that within three minutes of the restart, converting their fourth try for the bonus point, then adding a 47th minute penalty to make it 30-10 and a win was out of sight for Gos.

The hosts finished putting Gos to the sword scoring tries in the 49th and 60th either side of Ethan Carpenter's yellow card, one of those scores converted, for 42-10.

Scrum half Dugan put in hooker Sean Shepherd for a third Gos try after 64 minutes with Baxandall's conversion attempt crashing against an upright. It was that kind of afternoon.

Winchester's seventh try made it 47-15 in the 75th minute but a fourth Gos try by replacement prop Nathan Titchener and a second for Shepherd on 83 completed the scoring.

Wing Shaun Taylor converted with a drop kick as no tee emerged from the sideline which pretty much summed up the afternoon for the sizeable travelling support from Gos, who glumly watched on as their high hopes of a win were shot down in flames.

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