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PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 November 2011

Romford Under-9s celebrate their first win of the season

Romford Under-9s celebrate their first win of the season

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Romford relishing Hampstead trip

London Division 2NE

Hampstead (7-0-0) v Romford & GP (7-0-0)

Something has to give as these two sides put their 100 per cent records on the line.

Both have won all seven of their league matches to date, but Park top the table by nine points from Chelmsford, with Hampstead a further three points back after suffering a deduction.

There is very little between them, though.

Park have scored 240 points and conceded 81, Hampstead have scored 223, conceded 82.

Park coach Mark Collins expects a battle, saying: “Both teams like to run the ball and in the right conditions it could be a high-scoring game.”

Division 3NE

Upminster (4-0-3) v Stowmarket (4-0-3)

Upminster produced a superb second-half fightback to win at Sudbury in their most recent outing.

Trailing 20-3 at the break, they scored 24 unanswered points to return from Suffolk with the points.

And captain Neil Hutchison, who missed that memorable win, will be hoping his side can rediscover that form at Hall Lane after a weekend off.

Wymondham (3-0-4) v Campion (1-0-6)

Not much has gone right so far for Campion this season.

They pushed table-topping Holt all the way at Cottons Park two weeks ago, before slipping to a 10-7 defeat.

And they now face the long trip to Wymondham, looking to add to their solitary success.

Essex Division 1

Old Cooperians (1-2-2) v Writtle (0-0-5)

Coopers will be confident of notching up only their second win of the season against basement boys Writtle at St Mary’s Lane.

Bulldozing prop Nathaniel John is set for a place on the bench, having recovered from a dislocated shoulder, sustained in the 12-12 draw against Millwall.


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