Neville keen to catch out Guildford

Portsmouth's Dan Neville Picture: Mick Young
Portsmouth's Dan Neville Picture: Mick Young

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Portsmouth are under no illusions as they travel up the A3 to take on London two south west title-chasers Guildford.

The city club will be facing a home side fired up by last weekend’s top-of-the-table defeat at Gosport & Fareham.

However, after their terrific win over Old Alleynians, which lifted them off the bottom, Portsmouth can travel with a greater sense of confidence in the camp.

And outside-half Dan Neville is convinced the side will give a good account of themselves.

‘We will go up there and give it everything,’ said Neville.

‘Nobody expects us to do well, so we don’t have anything to lose.

‘They lost last week so we don’t know what their mindset will be like.

‘Maybe we can catch them out. We had a great win last weekend, played really well and boosted our confidence.

‘Our pack was awesome, and if they can do the same again we might be able to take Guildford on up front.

‘The biggest frustration all season has been our inability to turn lots of possession and territorial advantage into tries.

‘Against Old Alleynians, though, we tore them to pieces in the closing stages.

‘Whatever the outcome of this game, I am certain that we are good enough to stay up.’

United Services host a fascinating promotion battle against Farnborough at Burnaby Road.

Four points separate six clubs in a thrilling race at the top of Hampshire one.

A home win for Simon Burn’s side will see them leapfrog their visitors and keep them in the mix.

‘We must look to improve our decision-making,’ said Burns. ‘In our narrow defeat at Andover we took some poor options.

‘There were times when we should have kicked for goal but didn’t.

‘All the top sides play each other in the next fortnight so this is an important game to win.

‘We have only lost three games all season – two by a single point and one by three points.’

Wayne John is away but scrum-half Kip Waapschot returns.

Royal Navy wing-forward Paddy Dowds is back from sea and replaces Simon Pinhorne.