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PUBLISHED: 16:10 29 March 2012

Upminster U10s face the camera at their C Festival

Upminster U10s face the camera at their C Festival


Romford on brink of title success

Saturday (3pm)

London Division 2NE

Ipswich (10-0-10) v Romford & GP (18-0-1)

Two points should be enough for Romford to clinch the league title in Suffolk this weekend.

A 63-0 romp against Canvey at Crow Lane left Park eight points clear of Basildon, who have only two matches left to play.

Therefore, a bonus-point defeat within seven points of their hosts would take Park to a total unlikely to be surpassed, given their massive points difference of plus-499.

But coach Mark Collins will not want his men to limp over the line as champions and is looking forward to an expansive game against a confident Ipswich side.

Park celebrated a 32-7 win at Humber Doucy Lane last season and put Ipswich to the sword to the tune of 52-15 when they met earlier this season.

They romped to 59-21 win at Lowestoft on their last trip to Suffolk three weeks ago, but Collins will no doubt take a slender, last-gasp triumph if it means his men will clinch the title.

London Division 3NE

Upminster (11-0-9) v Campion (6-1-13)

Campion have found form at just the right time in their battle to avoid the drop.

Back-to-back wins over Norwich and third-placed Harlow have allowed the old boys to climb off the bottom of the table, but it remains very tight in the relegation battle.

Upminster have also recorded successive wins, following their slender victory over Harlow with a 31-21 victory at basement boys Newmarket last weekend.

Both clubs are also chasing Merit league silverware, with Campion’s 2nd XV meeting East London in a plate final at Southend, while Upminster’s 3rds face Southend after edging past Ongar, 15-14, last weekend.

Essex Division 1

Old Cooperians (6-2-8) v Pegasus (4-0-12)

Fourth place is still up for grabs for Cooperians.

But they will need to win their final home match of the season this weekend and hope Clacton and Bancroft slip up elsewhere.

Coopers found table-topping Old Brentwoods too strong last weekend, going down 32-3 in an ill-disciplined encounter.

But they can complete a double over Pegs, following their 24-16 away win in December.

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