MATT Williams is calling on Chinnor to stay in touch with National League 1’s top sides when they face Caldy.

The Thame-based club are five points behind second-placed Blackheath in sixth.

Victory over Cambridge helped the side open up a ten-point cushion over next-placed Plymouth Albion.

Director of rugby Williams is urging his side, who will travel to Merseyside today, to kick on.

He said: “It’s a big game.

“The league has now finally got a bit of a split in it and the gap from sixth to second is one bonus-point win, so we need to make sure we build momentum.”

Captain Danny Barnes and George Edgson are handed starts.

Caolan Ryan is named in the squad after recovering from a knee ligament injury.

Marcus Lowe returns as Henley Hawks will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat in five games when they travel to Tonbridge Juddians in National League 2 South.

Witney host Salisbury knowing defeat will put their South West 1 East survival hopes in jeopardy.

The side occupy the top relegation spot, with the Wiltshire club only a place above but six points better off.

Callum Spencer, Andy Melbourne, Ted Landray, Wayne Caffekey, Callum Godfrey and Arron Lambourne return.

Third-placed Banbury host play-off rivals Marlborough.

Only points difference separates the sides and head coach Matt Goode wants a bumper crowd at Bodicote Park.

He said: “Marlborough will be huge.

“It’s a massive game for the club, so I’d like as much support as possible.

“The 16th man always make a difference and we’ll need it.”

Pete Alston starts as Oxford Harlequins take on Swindon.


Chinnor (v Caldy, away): Goss, Hodson, Barnes, Nawaqaliva, Joseph, Holland, Hoadley, Ellwood, Edgson, Gilding, Thomas, Ramshaw, J Dancer, Bordill, Burns. Reps: from Betts, Oliver, Manning, Price, Tupai, Ryan, A Dancer.

Henley Hawks (v Tonbridge Juddians, away): Randall, Wood, Griffiths, Barnes, L O’Neill, Giles, Webb, Cook, Emery, Manning, Parkin, Hyde, Lunnon, Lowe, Bradley. Reps: Primett, Clarke, White, Hall, R O’Neill.

Oxford Harlequins (v Swindon, away): Henderson, O’Brian, J Stacey, M Stacey, Turetta, Jones, Garrett, Farahani, Davies, P De Lange, Myall, Sterckx, MacDonald, Alston, Latu. Reps: from Balston, K De Lange, Gill, Nalewabau.

Witney (v Salisbury, home): Clarke, Gaffney, Hankinson, Godfrey, Morgan, Landray, Lambourne, Dore, Spencer, Wakeman, Melbourne, Mortimer, Webb, Campbell, Caffekey. Reps: Nobbs, Edwards, Fisk.

Grove (v Swindon College Old Boys): McCarthy, Lloyd-Jones, Hull, Coombs, Davies, Wiltshire, O Nicholl, Hales, Dixey, Walsh, Gratwohl, Miles, Horrocks, G Nicholl, B Nicholl. Reps: Hook, Lambourn, Matthews.


Southern Counties North: Littlemore v Stow-on-the-Wold, High Wycombe v Wallingford, Bicester v Windsor.

Southern Counties South: Grove v Swindon College Old Boys.

BB&O Premier: Didcot v Bletchley, Drifters v Wheatley, Gosford All Blacks v Tadley, Milton Keynes v Oxford.

BB&O Championship: Chipping Norton v Aldermaston, Faringdon v Berkshire Shire Hall, Harwell v Abingdon.