Sutton hold no fear for Havant

Jack Ward-Golden hands off a tackle. Pic Mick Young
Jack Ward-Golden hands off a tackle. Pic Mick Young
Havant's Liam Mellor. Picture: Neil Marshall (171150-39)

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Havant coach Will Knight insists the trip to take on London one south leaders Sutton & Epsom holds no fear for his side (2pm).

He believes his team are up for the challenge and are relishing the chance to test themselves against the best.

‘These are the sort of games all the players should look forward to,’ said Knight.

‘Sutton & Epsom have been going very well but we will be going up there determined to get something out of the game.

‘They beat us at Havant earlier in the season but the game was a lot closer than the final scoreline suggested.

‘We came off the pitch that day feeling that we had left a good few points out there.

‘This time we will need to be more precise and if we can deliver we will prove a handful for them.

‘All season we have shown that we possess the capability to compete with the top teams in our league.’

The visitors bring Jack Ward-Golden back into the front row, with Armundus Morgan dropping back to the replacements bench.

Steve Cruddas is unavailable so Richard Janes comes in at six, with Joe Davis moving to number seven.

With Gav Hart still away skiing, Dan Munden plays at number eight.

The backs are largely unchanged, though Darren Bamford is away on navy duties.

Loz Blackburn shuffles across to inside-centre alongside Ben Brierley at outside-centre.

Pat Gains comes back at full-back, with Harry Carr switching to the wing.

Portsmouth are looking to complete a London two south west league double over visitors London Exiles at Rugby Camp (2pm).

They gained a narrow 11-9 win in the capital earlier in the season.

Ben Dudley’s team also gave a good account of themselves despite losing 28-5 against league leaders Cobham in their last game.

‘We needed to be at our best to beat Cobham and sadly we didn’t take our chances,’ said Dudley.

‘They had a powerful centre and he allowed them to break from deep which made them more dangerous.

‘We had to work a lot harder to get into threatening positions and when we did we failed to capitalise on it.’