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Derby test for Winchester
Last weekend Winch found it hard going against Tottonians who have had a decade of experience at 2SW level.
The trip to unbeaten Gos is likely to be equally demanding.
Gosport, who were playing in London 1 last term, sit in second place behind leaders Guildford on points difference and remain unbeaten.
Tottonians have the benefit of home advantage over opponents Old Alleynians who have mustered some big scores recently and put in a good fight against leaders Guildford a fortnight ago.
Totts’ head coach Gavin Williams said: “We are looking forward to what promises to be a tough match against an in-form OAs side.
“Our confidence is high after a very encouraging performance last time out against Winchester and training this week has been very positive and demanding.”
Fit again Ali Ramus comes back into the firsts in the second row, Pete Belasco moves across to blindside flanker and in the back line Mark Simmons makes his league debut on the wing after impressing in pre-season and in the colts.
Victory is important for Trojans at Stoneham Park as they face Effingham & Leatherhead – both sides are at the wrong end of the table on ten points.
KCS’s place at the top would already belong to the Es, had they not been docked five points for an infringement at the end of last season.
Eastleigh aim to be in position to take advantage of any slip-ups by Ringwood.
They sit in fourth place with just one defeat against them this term and head for bottom club Old Wellingtonians.
However, Eastleigh will not be taking victory for granted.
Captain Russell Smith said: “In this league there are not any weak sides and we know from old that Old Wellies can put out a team one week and get beaten and put out a different side the next and turn over sides at the top.
“We are not in a million years counting our chickens. We are going to do exactly what we do every week and take the strongest team we can.”
Normal scrum half Sean Hayes is unavailable so experienced Phil Baldwin will take over number 9. Eastleigh hand winger Dean Simper a first team debut with a place on the bench.
New Milton & District sit just two places below Eastleigh – and seven points adrift – after a shaky start to life in the London leagues.
They have battled to mid-table and can move up a place with an away win over opponents London Exiles.
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