CHINNOR will hope to avoid another nail-biting Saturday afternoon when they travel to Blackheath.

The Thame-based side’s 29-27 home defeat to Birmingham Moseley last weekend was the latest in a string of close encounters in National League 1.

Chinnor have tended to perform better on their travels than at Kingsey Road this season, with December’s 28-27 defeat to Rosslyn Park their only away loss.

They are sixth in the table, five places above a Blackheath side who have lost their last three matches.

Chinnor will hope to benefit from their games in hand on the teams above them as they look to challenge the top spots.

In National 2 South, Henley Hawks have a good opportunity to return to winning ways when basement boys Westcliff visit Dry Leas.

Their opponents have lost all 17 games they have played this season, having struggled to recruit a squad to compete in the fourth tier of English rugby.

Henley are fifth, although the gap to fourth-placed Worthing is too big for them to climb a place this weekend.

Luke Allen has made just two changes to the side that lost to leaders Clifton last time out.

Toby Gilbey replaces Will Crowe at scrum half, while Samson Adejimi comes in for Tom Emery at hooker.

Elsewhere, Oxford Quins entertain Witney in an Oxfordshire derby in South West 1 East.

The home side are second in the table, breathing down Banbury Bulls’ necks, while the visitors are ninth after stabilising following their difficult start.

Banbury will back themselves to win at second-bottom Frome, the team immediately above Grove – who host Windsor.

Wallingford have their second successive Southern Counties North derby at home to Gosford All Blacks, while Bicester visit High Wycombe.