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RUGBY PREVIEW

PUBLISHED: 15:37 12 November 2010

Local teams return to league action this weekend

Local teams return to league action this weekend

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Summit showdown for Romford

London Div 2NE

Rochford v Romford & Gidea Park

Romford will travel to the league leaders with confidence restored after a good win in the Intermediate Cup.

Successive defeats against Braintree and Saffron Walden had ruined Park’s five-game winning start to the season, but they bounced back to end Hammersmith & Fulham’s 100 per cent record.

Coach Mark Collins expects his side and Rochford to be “up there” at the end of the season, but a defeat could see his men slip into mid-table if other results also go against them.

London Div 3NE

Campion v Lowestoft

Senior Vase success at Finchley sends Campion into this Cottons Park clash with renewed enthusiasm.

Third-placed Lowestoft has lost just once in seven league outings (at Wanstead) and held off Upminster’s challenge a fortnight ago.

Captain Luke Maguire says availability is a concern at Campion, but he is still backing his squad to have enough in their tank for victory.

Upminster v Wymondham

The bottom two meet at Hall Lane looking to give their respective campaigns a boost.

Paul McLeavy’s Upminster have two wins to their name so far this term, both closely-fought away successes, but have scored just 17 points in three home defeats.

An overdue victory on their own turf could lift Upminster into mid-table.

Essex Div 1

East London v Old Cooperians

Coopers face the daunting trip to 100 per cent leaders East London.

The old boys have won three and lost three of their league games to date and made progress in the Junior Vase last weekend.

But they face a tough test as East have notched up seven successive wins, averaging over 35 points each time.


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