Trojans' defeat leaves them with work to do

Trojans have been cast adrift at the foot of London 1 South after losing 30-5 at home to county rivals Gosport & Fareham.

The Stoneham Lane side sit second from bottom above strugglers Old Colfiens and nine points behind Gosport.

Coach Barry Bridgman praised the invidividual performances of every one of his players but could not hide his disappointment as they ‘struggled to find any cohesion in attack’ and defensively were ‘all at sea’. He said: “I had high hopes for this game.

“We had trained well, we had players returning to the side and we were playing at home. I suppose that’s sport, you should never expect anything.

“We have played some good sides this season and Gosport wasn’t one of them, if we’d played like we did against almost anyone else we would have won that. “But we didn't, we had no cohesion, no passion, no fire, and Gosport took full advantage of a side that was, quite frankly, all over the place.”

He added: “I have analysed that game as individuals and I can’t find fault with anyone – but as a team we didn’t appear to have a clue.

“What we can’t do is hide, there is over half of the season left yet and we have to keep trying, you can’t just pack up and go home.”

Gopsort were 13-0 ahead at the break through a Ryan Thorne penalty and tries from fly half Sam Foster and wing Gareth Jones. The visitors crossed the line three more times as Foster got a second and centre Wayne Dugan and flanker John Field touched down after Trojans got their only try of the game from Josh Bowker.

Read Clive Downton's rugby review in today's Daily Echo

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