MATT Williams is urging his Chinnor players to take the handbrake off at Kingsey Road when Old Elthamians visit this weekend.

The Thame-based side are searching for their fifth win from six games in 2020 as they bid to close in on the teams above them.

Just a victory separates Chinnor, in fourth, and Rosslyn Park who are second, with a six-match unbeaten away run playing a large part.

Last week’s 42-24 win at Rotherham Titans means the side have now averaged 37 points in their last four away games.

Tomorrow’s opponents were the last side to beat Williams’ men on the road back in October and the director of rugby hopes their form outside of Oxfordshire can be emulated at home.

“The boys are confident, our set-piece is going really well, and our attacking threat is where we wanted it to be earlier in the season,” he said.

“We’re strong on the road, but now it’s about keeping the home momentum rolling.

“Sometimes you go into your shell at home because there’s an expectation.

“We had a very good home record (a few years ago) and that’s well documented.

“We’ve lost our way a little bit over the last 12 months at home, but away we’re enjoying it, we’re not worrying about field position, we’re playing very much heads-up rugby and it’s the same message for home now.

“It’s about letting the shackles off, play what you see, don’t become too scripted, but obviously build the momentum around the fact that we’ve got such a big set-piece.”

Chris Elder (ankle) and Caolan Ryan (concussion) are still sidelined, but Chinnor have close to a fully-fit squad.

Williams added: “I’ve been waiting for two years to have a moment where we have the depth we do.

“There’s over 30 very fit boys, (who are) very hungry for a starting jersey this week.”

Henley Hawks visit Old Albanian aiming to get their promotion push back on track.

Luke Allen’s side were narrowly beaten 18-17 by Tonbridge Juddians in last weekend’s battle of the top two and they are now four points off the lead.

The head coach makes two changes, with new signing Will Panday making his debut on the wing and Alex Burrage back from injury.

Samir Kharbouch and the injured Reuben Norville are the ones to miss out.

Oxford Harlequins will be looking to build on last weekend’s heavy win over Trowbridge when they visit Wimborne in South West 1 East.

Harry Burn returns at scrum half and Tony Turetta comes in at full back, while last weekend’s

hat-trick hero Jack Crowe moves to flanker.


Chinnor (v Old Elthamians, home): from Dancer, Fidler, Goss, Harries, Hoadley, Hodson, Kirwan, Laverick, Marley, May, McNulty, Pieterse, Ramshaw, Rees, W Ryan, Southworth, Selway, Thomas, Tyas, Watson, Worrall, Yawayawa.

Henley Hawks (v Old Albanian, away): Wood, Panday, Andre, Burrage, Robinson, Bolster, Fenley, Cook, Emery, Hughes, Albon, Hyde, Lowe, Lunnon, Bradley. Reps: Clarke, Probyn ,White, Wood, Kharbouch.

Oxford Harlequins (v Wimborne, away): Marshall, Graddon, Hopkins, Cashman, Myatt, Painton, Crowe, White, Burn, Todd, Henderson, Nutt, Williams, Henderson, Turetta.