Young county side aim to build on progress

Luke Simmons slides in for the opening try. Picture: Neil Marshall (171730-1)

Portsmouth closing in on Twickenham dream

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Hampshire hope to take the positives from their defeat to Middlesex when they visit Guildford to play Surrey in their second game in County Championship Shield pool four tomorrow.

Team manager Mike Marchant beamed with pride despite the 27-17 reverse at Staines last weekend.

The young Hampshire side, with a number of players from way down the league structure, performed outstandingly well, especially in the second half.

And they came away with three tries under their belt.

Marchant has to make only three changes from last week’s team.

United Services winger David Flynn comes in for his club-mate Stephen Gee, who takes a seat on the bench.

Overton’s Ben Bull replaces Gareth Stewart, of Farnborough, at hooker.

Meanwhile, university student Alex Millar – who plays for Newbury Blues – pulls on the No8 shirt instead of the unavailable Johannes Jonker.

This match was originally scheduled to be played at London Irish Amateur.

But, after the Sunbury club hosted their annual youth festival on the ground last weekend, the clash will now be played at Guildford.

HAMPSHIRE TEAM (local players): David Flynn (United Services), Spencer Harrison (United Services), Gregor Irvine (United Services), Dominic Porter (Havant). Replacements: Ben Lanigan (United Services), Stephen Gee (Portsmouth)