At last, Gosport & Fareham turn on the style to produce their best performance of the season to comprehensively defeat Overton in this Hampshire Division 1 league fixture.
Anyone watching this game could not argue that this was a near faultless performance and a devastating display of forward dominance, back skills, and overall team work. The stats show that nine different players scored tries with an average of one try every 5 minutes; 29 points were scored in the first half and 40 in the second; and points scored against – NIL!
It only took 7 minutes from the start for Gos to open the scoring – David Aylott-Nickerson bursting down the wing to go over. And this early strike was just what the home side needed; confidence and self-belief flowed through the team - they went from strength to strength and never let up.
Gos were dominant in every aspect of the game. They were strong and quick in the rucks and mauls; each player did their bit in tidying up the loose ball and break-downs; the pack won the scrums; every line-out was won; the backs showed their overwhelming class and performed their defence duties with tackles from the text book.
Further tries in the first half came from Sam Yeardley, Tom Rimmer, Max Burditt, and Tyrel Morris-Wilson.
After such a first half with the score at 29-0, one could understand if the tempo and level of Gosport & Fareham’s performance would drop but it actually improved. This surely is testament to both the level of fitness and the hunger that Gos took into the game.
Second half tries came from Craig Taylor, Tom Batley (2), Dom Philo (2), and Owen Brown.
Key areas of success that shaped the victory were the rucks; break-downs and the line-outs where Max Burditt was excellent.
Whilst it would be unfair to single out any outstanding performances from such a team effort - it would equally be unfair not to mention the players whose efforts helped produce probably the team’s best game as a group since tag-rugby. So here they are:
Craig Taylor, Tom Winter, Tyrel Morris-Wilson, Scott Plows, Max Burditt, Reegan Hamilton, Sean Pitt, Michael Cathcart, Tom Rimmer, Owen Brown, David Aylott-Nickerson, Tom Batley, Sam Yeardley, Dan Sparshott, Dom Philo
Replacements: Kieran Corless, Harry Haggard, Charlie Smith, Mesha Solanki, Billy Strachan, Dale Thompson
Man of the Match: Max Burditt
Parents Man of the Match: Sam Yeardley