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Soldiers prepare derby troops
Tottonians and Trojans resume their league rivalry tomorrow as a couple of former soldiers battle to bring their side local bragging rights.
Former Royal Dragoon Guard and Trojans coach Dean Lewis will welcome his Totts’ counterpart, Gavin Williams, to Stoneham Park for the London 2 South-West clash.
Williams, who spent 13 years with the Army Air Corps, has made just one change to the squad that earned five opening day points last Saturday.
Totts enjoyed a 27-13 home win over Portsmouth while Trojans came away from Teddington with a 10-10 draw.
Lewis makes four changes – three of them in the forwards – while Williams remains with his winning formula, apart from replacing injured Josh Smith with Craig Brombey.
Lewis said: “To me, this is just another game. Sometimes you can get so het up in derbies and bragging rights that you can get lost in the moment.
“It’s just another league match and that’s how we will treat it.”
Williams said: “We anticipate a tough challenge but are confident that if we perform we can come away with a positive result.
“We are a very confident group of players at the moment.”
The clash is not the only interesting derby in the county.
Weybridge travel to Winchester who are keen to add to the losing bonus point they picked up against Old Reigatian on day one.
Weybridge were runners-up to Winchester in the SW3 league last season. They gained promotion in the last game, with a bonus-point win over Winchester.
In the first half of the season Winchester had beaten them at North Walls by a similar margin – so the match is likely to be tight.
Winchester coach Andy Fields said: “We’ve got so many players working, away or injured at the moment that selection’s not easy, especially as Weybridge beat us in April by having a far stronger pack of forwards.
“My guess is the game will be won or lost up front, so our forwards will need to be on their mettle.”
Matt Lown will be playing despite dislocating his toe last Saturday.
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