Burns casts eye towards next season – and London

28/5.12_DK'The coaching staff at United Services Portsmouth RFC. Simon Burns (director of rugby),.''Picture: Steve Reid (121864-686)
28/5.12_DK'The coaching staff at United Services Portsmouth RFC. Simon Burns (director of rugby),.''Picture: Steve Reid (121864-686)
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United Services are aiming to finish their Hampshire one campaign on a winning note as they entertain Farnborough at Burnaby Road tomorrow.

While their promotion bid has petered out, director of rugby Simon Burns is pleased with the progress his troops have made – particularly the young guns.

‘League-wise it has been a little frustrating,’ he said.

‘We have suffered from a lack of availability at key times and that’s meant the consistency hasn’t been there.

‘There have been a number of successes, though, with the likes of Gregor Irvine, Lewis Andrews, Ali Randall, Dave Reed and James McAvoy coming through.

‘We also have the chance of winning silverware in the cup with a big semi-final at Millbrook next weekend.

‘The future is looking bright, with brand new 3G training pitch facilities available for next season.

‘And we will again be targeting promotion.

‘It would be nice to move up into the London leagues.

‘We are already excited by the prospect and I feel coach Brian Saunders and I have learned a lot in our first year.’

Elsewhere, Hampshire Cup winners Portsmouth are hoping to return to winning ways in London two south west when they visit London Cornish.

Southsea Nomads chairman Martin Drum has issued a call to all players – past and present – for next week’s memorial game in honour of Ashley Clarke.

The youngster, a member of the club, died earlier this year in a tragic farm accident and the club are hosting an annual veterans versus Nomads game in his honour at Furze Lane.

The vets will be captained by Ashley’s father, Ian.

And the Nomads – made up by the rest of the club – will be led by his brother, James.

‘I will be pleased to hear from anyone who wants to get involved and play,’ said Drum, who can be contacted on chairman@nomadsrfc.com

‘We are hoping it will be a special occasion and includes a charity auction in aid of the Matt Hampson Foundation for injured young sportsmen.’

Nomads host Fawley in Hampshire two tomorrow, while Fareham Heathens travel to Stoneham.