By Connor Steel
GOSPORT & FAREHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB (GFRFC) were denied the opportunity to end their season at Dolphin Crescent with a spring in their step; seeing their last home game game of the season cancelled at short notice as their opponents Fordingbridge pulled out on Saturday morning.
Posting on their club social media just before 11am on March 26, GFRFC stated: “Unfortunately today’s first team fixture has been called off due to Fordingbridge withdrawing from the fixture. This means there will be no final home fixture for the 1st XV to cap off what has been a brilliant season.”
This means that Mark Pollard’s team received a home walkover victory with a score-line of 28-0 and four points added to the Hampshire Premier League standings; staying in second place as Bognor closed the gap with their 59-7 bonus point victory over Lockheath Pumas at the weekend.
But GFRFC will be disappointed they weren’t able to play as planned on Saturday, particularly in sunny and warm conditions with a large crowd expected to attend their final home game of the campaign; in which Dolphin Crescent has become a fortress with just two defeats from 11 games.
Although there is no title challenge with Havant IIs already confirmed as champions, GFRFC still have one more match to play this upcoming Saturday (April 2) as they look to hold off pressure from third place Bognor; needing just a solidary point against Lockheath Pumas away from home.
In other results across the Hampshire Premier League this weekend Havant IIs beat Ellingham & Ringwood 69-28 to continue their perfect record of 21 wins from twenty-one games, whilst Millbrook lost 20-25 to Sandown & Shanklin in a mid-table clash; Alresford also losing 21-41 away at New Milton & District.
PICTURED BY BOGNOR REGIS RUGBY: GFRFC players group together before key game played in October last year, which proved to be a huge match in the battle for second place.