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Crunch match for Winchester
There is plenty at stake for the winners of tomorrow’s clash between Winchester and Teddington.
Victory for either side will cement a mid-table position while the losers will be languishing around the London 3 South-West relegation area.
It is a situation not lost on Winch coach Andy Fields who takes his side to London. Nailing his colours to the mast, he said: “Teddington is a team we must beat.”
After four matches, the two sides are on equal points at seventh and eighth in the league table, separated only by Winchester’s better match points record. Fields added: “We were all over league leaders Guildford for the last 20 minutes of last Saturday’s game but we can’t leave everything to the last 20 minutes every week.”
Winchester welcome hooker Jack Tomlinson, who played last season for National League 2 Canterbury.
Tottonians’ captain Mike Searle makes his first senior appearance of the year following his side’s disappointing performance last weekend.
Totts won their opening three games but returned from lowly Effingham & Leatherhead pointless. Searle, who has been resting a pelvis injury since the end of last season, is keen to help Totts get back on track and put his injury behind him.
He said: “It feels fine now, 100 per cent and back to normal. It meant resting for the whole of the summer and coming back slowly.
“The boys are right up for it Saturday after last week.”
Trojans take a double boost into their game at Weybridge Vandals.
They travel on the back of their first victory of the season and will be led out by captain and flanker Dave Linton who has been sidelined through injury since the first day of the campaign.
Trojans beat rock bottom Portsmouth a week ago and will want to follow that up with maximum points against second-from-bottom Vandals.
Coach Dean Lewis said: “It would be nice to get back-to-back wins.
“We have pretty much the same team as last week apart from a couple of changes through injury.”
While Winchester, Tottonians and Trojans have endured mixed starts to the season, the same can not be said for Hampshire’s other representatives in 2SW.
Gos host Effingham & Leatherhead while Guildford will be put to the test by third-placed Old Alleynians.
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