US Portsmouth on revenge mission

United Services coach Simon Burns
United Services coach Simon Burns
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United Services Portsmouth are eager for revenge when they visit second-placed Fordingbridge in Hampshire One tomorrow (3pm).

Services, who sit third in the table, lost the same fixture last season but go into the clash high in spirits after ending Andover’s unbeaten record last weekend.

Prop forward Ben Lanigan returns from holiday to captain the side, which means veteran coach Simon Burns can take a well-earned rest.

And with more options at his disposal, Burns is confident his men can cause their hosts problems.

‘We have more strength in depth this season,’ said Burns.

‘The buzz and atmosphere around the club is fantastic.

‘This game will show us how far we have progressed since last season.

‘Win or lose, though, it won’t mean the end of our campaign.’

Struggling Petersfield go to Southampton still looking for a first win of the campaign.

In Hampshire two, Southsea Nomads are at lowly Alresford, while Fareham Heathens travel across the M27 to take on the students of Solent University.