SAM Hagon is confident Oxford Chargers can win a third National Development League fixture in a row this evening when they welcome Plymouth Centurions to Sandy Lane (7.30pm).

The hosts beat Berwick Bullets 50-39 on home shale a month ago, backing that performance up with an eye-catching 48-42 victory at Armadale Devils 48 hours later.

Plymouth travel to Oxford Stadium in mixed form having lost two of their three home fixtures to date and sit sixth, one place below tonight’s hosts.

Centurions are also without talented Brit Dan Gilkes, who suffered five broken ribs, a broken and displaced humorous bone and a collapsed lung following a crash at Scunthorpe in late April.

It came 48 hours after the youngster starred as a guest rider for Oxford Cheetahs in their Knockout Cup first-leg victory over Redcar Bears.

His absence is a blow for Plymouth, but Hagon insists the visitors have the capacity to push Chargers’ septet hard this evening.

“It’s been great to be part of the Chargers’ first ever squad,” said Hagon.

“It’s an incredible stadium, and crazy that it had been sat there for so many years without being used.

“We’ve got a competitive team and it’s evident from our first few meetings that there is a need for the sport locally.

“Plymouth were dealt a blow when Dan had his nasty spill at Scunthorpe which is keeping him out for a while.

“But they’re still a very capable team. We’re both strong from one to seven, so our goal is to use our home track knowledge to our advantage and pick up another big win.”