No panic for Portsmouth as they prepare to face Warlingham

Ian Chandler

Ian Chandler

Darren Bamford's hat-trick wasn't enough for Havant against Sidcup. Picture: Kieth Woodland

Havant coach positive despite play-off misery

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Portsmouth are aiming for a return to winning ways against Warlingham in London two south west at Rugby Camp (2.30pm).

The city club have suffered four consecutive defeats and are desperate to stop the rot.

Coach Ian Chandler believes they will soon turn their form around.

He said: ‘It is still early days yet and we are refusing to panic.

‘We are only six games into the season and we have already played the top three teams away from home.

‘The big thing we need to do is stop conceding so many tries and points.

‘We know what situation we are in and it is down to us to do something about it.

‘In the week we had a meeting at the club and a good honest debate took place.

‘There is a determination to put things right but the time for words is over.

‘It is time now for action.’

The home side are experimenting by switching Chris Morgan to outside-half.

Experienced scrum-half Andy Young also returns to the side.

‘We know that we need to start winning but there is no doom and gloom in the club,’ said Chandler.

Unbeaten Hampshire one leaders United Services are expecting visitors Petersfield to give them a stern test at Burnaby Road (2.30pm).

Former Services wing-forward Will Blackett will make sure the visitors are fired up against his old club.

‘Petersfield put some points on Fordingbridge last weekend and not many teams do that,’ said Services director of rugby Matt Davis.

‘We know we are now viewed as a big scalp by the other teams in our league.

‘As a result, we are expecting a combative affair and it won’t be easy.

‘We know that we will have to have our wits about us and be at our best if we are to come through with another win.

‘On the plus side, the players are enjoying their rugby and are playing with confidence.’

Southsea Nomads travel to Fawley looking for a first win in Hampshire two.

Last time out Nomads pushed Hampshire one side Fareham Heathens hard in the Vase.

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