Havant have to shoulder loss of Gains

Full-back Andy Vance is available again for Gosport & Fareham this weekend Picture: Roger Smith
Full-back Andy Vance is available again for Gosport & Fareham this weekend Picture: Roger Smith
Steve Cruddas will start for Havant. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

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Havant are expecting a challenging afternoon as promotion-chasing Tonbridge Juddian journey to Hooks Lane in National Three London & south east (3pm).

‘Our opponents are in third place and still in with a chance of going up,’ said director of rugby Will Knight.

‘We already know that they are a well-drilled side and contain at least 12 overseas players.

‘It will be a testing afternoon.

‘There is no pressure on us, though, and we can use the game as part of our building process for next season.

‘In the past couple of weeks, we have put in place lots of things on and off the pitch which leaves us in a positive mood.’

Centre Pat Gains is ruled out because of a shoulder injury after running into one of his own players in a warm-up before taking on a touring side over the Easter weekend.

London two south west champions Gosport & Fareham travel to Guildford with all the pressure off them.

But head coach Mark Wells wants them to finish their campaign on a winning note despite having little to play for.

‘To be honest, our season is over because we have already secured promotion,’ said Wells.

‘Guildford are a good side, though, and we know they would love to take the scalp of the champions, so it will be tough.’

The visitors are without Mark Pollard (navy duties), Jonathan Wood and Matt Flower because of injuries.

But full-back Andy Vance and winger Ryan Thorne are available again.

United Services Portsmouth player-coach Simon Burns has ruled himself out of their final Hampshire one home game against Petersfield at Burnaby Road (3pm).

Burns has spent the past fortnight walking the Pennine Way to raise funds for Gosport & Fareham under-16s’ 2012 tour to South Africa.

‘That is the last time I have a few drinks and agree to anything,’ joked Burns.

‘We have done well this season and it would be good to finish our league campaign with a win.

‘It gives us a chance to see how far we have come and what extra we need to launch a promotion challenge next season.’

Struggling Southsea Nomads cross the Solent to take on Ventnor.

In Hampshire two, fourth-placed Fareham Heathens can leapfrog Overton with a win at Cams Alders.