PUBLISHED: 14:16 06 January 2011
Romford ready to return
London Div 2NE
Romford & GP (7-0-3) v Sudbury (3-0-8)
Rugby returns to Crow Lane, with Park looking to keep the pressure on the top two.
They went into the extended Christmas break on the back of a 26-0 success over Enfield – as their December 18 trip to Chelmsford fell victim to the cold snap – and will be aiming to complete a double over Sudbury, following a superb 37-6 win in Suffolk back in September.
Coach Mark Collins will be on his guard, though, and reminding his men to avoid a high penalty count as the visitors boast an impressive kicker.
London Div 3NE
Campion (3-0-6) v Basildon (7-0-2)
Successive postponements before Christmas saw Campion go into the festive holidays at the bottom of the table.
Luke Maguire’s men have a game in hand on most of their relegation rivals, but had tasted defeat in their three previous outings and will be keen to get 2011 off to a good start.
They face a tough test against promotion-chasing Basildon at Cottons Park, however.
Mersea Island (2-1-7) v Upminster (3-1-6)
Only three points separated these two sides when they met at Hall Lane back in September.
Upminster came from behind to win 21-18 and, after a hard-fought draw at Wanstead before Christmas, will be looking to complete a league double as they venture across The Strood.
But there is little margin for error in this division, with only four points separating the bottom seven clubs.
Essex Div 1
Old Cooperians (4-0-4) v Thames (2-0-8)
A visit from the division’s bottom club gives Coopers the chance to begin the new year well.
A bonus-point win could life the old boys up to third place, if other results go in their favour, and they have the ability to cross the try line.
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