RICKY Khan is predicting a tough test for Chinnor at National League 1 bottom side Canterbury tomorrow.

The Thame-based club travel to Kent on the back of four straight bonus-point victories, while their opponents, who are 32 points adrift of safety, have lost their last eight games.

But Canterbury have beaten Cinderford at home this season and backs coach Khan insists there will be no complacency from the visitors.

He said: “We lost the last two encounters I’ve been involved with at Canterbury, so we can’t take them lightly at all.

“We’ve just got to focus on what we’re doing and that’s game-by-game at the minute.”

Khan added: “Canterbury are quite tough and direct.

“We’ll have to wear them down quite a lot before we can get on top of them.

“I expect us to be able to do that, but it is going to be a tough encounter.”

Chinnor have beaten Rotherham Titans and Old Elthamians in difficult conditions in the last fortnight and Storm Dennis is expected to bring further heavy rain and strong winds on Saturday.

Khan said: “We’ve had a couple of games in those kinds of conditions, so that will probably settle us into just getting the tactics right and executing well when we’re out there.”

Henley Hawks are in the heart of a four-way promotion race in National League 2 South ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Westcliff.

The Oxfordshire side slipped to third despite beating Old Albanian last week, but they are just one point behind new leaders Taunton Titans.

Henley make four changes as Samir Kharbouch, Reuben Norville and Will Janes return to the backs, while George Primett takes his place in the front row.

In South West 1 East, Oxford Harlequins entertain Banbury Bulls in a derby at Horspath Sports Ground.

The hosts are seven points behind their third-placed opponents and welcome back Allan Purchase and Jack Todd.

Southern Counties North leaders Witney visit a Reading side who have won their last nine league matches to climb to second.

Simon Morris, Jake Edwards and Arron Lambourne come in as the table-toppers bid to continue their 100 per cent record.

Meanwhile, Grove make no changes for their visit to Swanage & Wareham in Southern Counties South.

The Oxfordshire side are nine points clear at the summit.


Chinnor (v Canterbury, away): from Ashby, Barnes, Dancer, Ehizode, Goss, Harries, Hodson, Kirwan, Laverick, Marley, May, McNulty, Parilli-Ocampo, Ramshaw, Rees, Ryan, Selway, Southworth, Treviranus, Tyas, Worrall, Yawayawa.

Henley Hawks (v Westcliff, home): Janes, Norville, Panday, Kharbouch, Robinson, Burrage, McPhun, Primett, Emery, Hughes, Albon, Hyde, Lowe, Lunnon, Bradley. Reps: Cook, Mason, White, Wright, Andre.

Oxford Harlequins (v Banbury, home): Marshall, Painton, Hopkins, Purchase, Myatt, Macdonald, Crowe, Todd, Burn, Todd, Henderson, Williams, Van Dijk, Gerrard, Nutt. Reps: Graddon, Turetta, Cope.

Witney (v Reading, away): Wilson, Harris, Morris, D Webb, M Webb, Allen, Edwards, Coe, Campbell, Puddle, Morgan, Thomas, Godfrey, Gaffney, Lambourne. Reps: Dore, Caffekey, Clarke.

Grove (v Swanage & Wareham, away): Hales, Dixey, Hook, Roberts, Miles, Law, B Nichol, Gratwohl,

O Nichol, Wiltshire, Lewis, G Nichol, Lloyd Jones, A Tokelove, Matthews. Reps: Monks, Walsh, Birler.