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Winch and Totts prepare for London 2 SW derby
Exciting London 2 South-West presents another mouth-watering derby tomorrow as promoted Winchester renew league action with Tottonians.
All of Winch’s opponents in the current campaign have been Surrey sides, but tomorrow they pitch their wits, stamina and determination against a side who have played at this level for many seasons.
Winchester coach Andy Fields said: “After five matches against Surrey opposition, we’re all looking forward to a series of derbies against old friends.”
After having to withdraw from last Saturday’s Intermediate Cup fixture because of the number of injuries in the Winchester squad, Fields is glad to welcome Matt Lown and Rob Rees back.
He also hopes Angus Adamson and Jake Hiscock pass fitness tests after picking up injuries at Teddington a fortnight ago.
Totts made the long trip to Kent to take on Sevenoaks in the national cup and, although they lost 24-16, head coach Gavin Williams reckons his side learned plenty.
He said: “Despite losing we put in a good performance and could have won it if we were at full strength.”
Several Totts first XV regulars have come through fitness tests for the Winchester game, but Number 8 Ali Ramus will not take part.
Williams added: “We are looking forward to it. We know they are well coached and we will have to be on our mettle.
“I am happy with the way things have been going but, to be honest, we have not really fired up yet.
“We have played in bits and pieces and we are looking forward to when we do click.”
Trojans can cement a place in mid-table by leap-frogging opponents London Cornish.
It is an away tie for the Stoneham Lane club but the two sides below them, Teddington and Weybridge Vandals, have to travel to fourth-placed Old Alleynians and second-placed Guildford respectively.
Leaders Gosport & Fareham make the trip to Old Reigatian.
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