Rugby Preview

14:19 22 March 2012

Romford & Gidea Park Under-7s

Romford & Gidea Park Under-7s


Romford return to title bid

Saturday (3pm)

London Division 2NE

Romford & GP (17-0-1) v Canvey (2-1-16)

Table-topping Park return to action after a weekend off with a home meeting against relegation-threatened Canvey.

Park produced some of their “best-ever rugby” in a 59-21 win at Lowestoft a fortnight ago, which left them eight points clear of Basildon.

And they notched up a half-century when these two sides met in early December in a performance coach Mark Collins called their “best-ever win at Canvey”.

Park fell 9-0 down that day, but hit back with 52 unanswered points as Joe Howard (4), Rhys Davies (2), Pete O’Brien, Iain Semain and Ross Inwood all ran in tries.

They have passed the 50-point mark in six matches already this season and, if in full flight this weekend, you would not bet against them extending that impressive sequence.

London Division 3NE

Campion (5-1-13) v Harlow (12-1-6)

Campion climbed off the bottom of the table with a tense 17-15 win over Norwich last weekend.

Their rescheduled fixture was the only game to be played and tries from James Dupree and Dan Bolton, converted by Matt Buchan who also added a penalty, proved just enough.

The much-needed victory will have given the old boys hope of a great escape in the final weeks of the campaign, but they will need to produce another good performance to defeat high-flying Harlow.

They went close in the earlier meeting between the sides, losing 17-16 in somewhat controversial fashion.

London Division 3NE

Newmarket (5-0-13) v Upminster (10-0-9)

Upminster could do local rivals Campion a big favour with victory this weekend.

Newmarket slipped to the bottom of the table as a result of Campion’s triumph last Saturday, but only one point separates the bottom three, with East London also in the relegation mix.

Upminster edged out Harlow in their last outing, with Chris Davie and Tom Simpson touching down and Jamie Pavitt slotting a decisive penalty in an 18-15 success.

And they were convincing 40-25 winners when Newmarket visited Hall Lane in early December, so Upminster should be confident of completing a double over the new basement boys.

Essex Division 1

Old Brentwoods (14-0-1) v Old Cooperians (6-2-7)

Coopers face a tough trip to table-topping Brentwoods on their return to action following the “international break”.

They lost 23-15 when these sides met at St Mary’s Lane in December, despite five penalties from the boot of the since departed Adam Kain.

But Coopers came out on top in a topsy-turvy meeting with Bancroft two weeks ago and should have the services of bulldozing prop Nathaniel John, following his recent exploits at indoor rowing and 5-a-side football.


Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 17:30
Jamie Cureton of Dagenham (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Striker delighted with display as Dagenham & Redbridge march on in cup

Yesterday, 16:00
Sanders pupil Jade Attfield won gold at a karate event in Hull

Attfield siblings win karate medals

Yesterday, 16:00
Nick Reynolds scores the third goal for Romford against North Greenford United in the FA Trophy (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Forward unavailable for Saturday’s fixture and won’t be able to come up against former captain Jack Barry

Yesterday, 14:05
Jamie Cureton of Dagenham (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 2-1 win at Stevenage

Yesterday, 14:00
Ben Hall (right) on his way to victory over Simon Henry last year (pic: Russell Pritchard/Matchroom Boxing

Light-middleweight hoping for title chance

South Africa's Bryan Habana goes over to score a try during the World Cup match against the USA at the Olympic Stadium, London (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

South Africa 64-0 USA. There was only ever going to be one winner.

Yesterday, 12:24
Bradley Guinn, Charlie Reynolds and Freddie Potts netted for Marshalls Park against Sanders

Havering Cup: Marshalls Park 3 Drapers 2; Marshalls Park 3 Sanders 0

Yesterday, 08:00
Adam Garson was on target for Marshalls Park's year 11s against Brentwood County High

Essex Cup: Marshalls Park 3 Brentwood County High 1

Most read sport

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder