MATT Williams is calling on his Chinnor side to front up when they make the trip to Cinderford.

They head to the Forest of Dean tomorrow, bidding to make it back-to-back wins in National League 1.

Chinnor have enjoyed the upper hand over their rivals in recent years and are searching for a fourth straight victory at Dockham Road.

But director of rugby Williams knows they will have to be on their game if they are to return to Oxfordshire with another win.

“It’s a very intimidating place to play,” he said.

“We have to understand we are going to get beaten up and to defeat Cinderford it’s all about fronting up.

“If you are willing to fight fire with fire you will stand a chance, but if you are not they will run over you.”

Williams added: “We know what’s coming.

“Cinderford are very good at how they play and they don’t try to deviate from what they are good at.

“They’ve added some real class this year into what is a close group of boys.”

Chinnor climbed to seventh following last Saturday’s bonus-point victory at home to Bishops Stortford, which needed a 75th-minute match-winning try from Jason Worrall.

Williams admitted his players had been left deflated by the late defeat to Rams a week earlier and was delighted to see a response.

“To beat Bishops Stortford and be disciplined in the final few minutes to not concede a penalty is a huge psychological boost,” he said.

“The frustration in the squad is that we understand how good we are, but we’re not playing to our capabilities for more than 20 minutes a game.”

“We need to find a happy medium where we’re consistent for 60 minutes otherwise, it’s going to be a hell of a long season where it’s great for the spectator but not for my heart.”

Former Samoa skipper Ofisa Treviranus returns, but captain Carl Kirwan is a doubt.

Henley Hawks host Redruth in National 2 South hoping to maintain their fine start.

Hawks are second after four wins from five games.

Banbury entertain fellow high-fliers Old Centralians in South West 1 East looking to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.

Oxford Harlequins are fifth and make numerous changes for their trip to Trowbridge.

Forwards Nick Marshall (prop), Ollie Rees (lock) and Jack Ulyatt (flanker) all come in.

In the backs, Harry Burn returns to scrum-half, Ed Yeates to centre and Matt Henderson starts on the wing.


Chinnor (v Cinderford, away): from Ashby, Elder, Fidler, Flinn, George, Goss, Gray, Jeannot, Kirwan, Laverick, Manning, May, McNulty, Moore-Aiono, Robinson, C Ryan, W Ryan, Selway, Southworth, Thomas, Treviranus, Watson, Worrall, Yawayawa.

Oxford Harlequins (v Trowbridge, away): Marshall, Painton, Hopkins, Purchase, Rees, White, Ulyatt, Harris, Burn, Garrett, Henderson, Crowe, Yeates, Henderson, Turetta. Reps: Ralston, Derrick, O’Brian.