Fareham Heathens target away boost at Portsmouth

Kristoffer Owens has been a key man for Heathens this season but looks likely to miss Saturday's match. Picture: Keith Woodland
Kristoffer Owens has been a key man for Heathens this season but looks likely to miss Saturday's match. Picture: Keith Woodland
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Fareham Heathens are looking to bounce back to winning ways at Portsmouth seconds in the Hampshire premier on Saturday.

Senior coach Dave Wheaton is confident they can make up for the disappointing result against Sandown & Shanklin.

They have been working well to correct some of the things that went wrong and they know they must be focused.

Wheaton said: ‘Training has gone very well and the lads have rallied to work on the areas that let us down.

‘We have an opportunity to redeem ourselves but Portsmouth are always strong at home

‘Against Sandown we were complacent and we have to be more focused this time.’

Wheaton returns in the second row, Graeme Wilson at flanker and Luke Adderley on the wing.

Heathens’ stand-out player so far this season Kristoffer Owens is unavailable due to the imminent birth of his second child and therefore is on stand-by mode and unable to travel. 

Wheaton added: ‘His control and aggressive tackling in the centre alongside Rob Impey will definitely missed but we are hoping Impey and Pete Baker can work together just as well.

‘We have been working on our lineouts this week in training as uncharacteristically we were poor in this area.

‘It's vital to win our own set pieces.’

Locks Heath Pumas host Ellingham and Ringwood at Brookfield School in Hampshire one.

Will Baker gets a start at hooker due to injuries and Harry Graham continues at scrum-half after confident performances.

Head coach Kent Streek is looking for the strength of his squad to show.

He said: ‘We have a few forced changes following last week’s win.

‘Again, though, we are able to field a top line-up due to the fact that we had 41 players to choose from and are again fielding two teams this weekend.

‘The training and commitment the guys are showing every week is encouraging and impressive.

‘Ellingham & Ringwood have started the season well but we are confident we can slow their advances at the top of the table.’