Rugby Preview

PUBLISHED: 15:26 24 February 2011

Romford's Louis Stevens and Lu Sarkus

Romford's Louis Stevens and Lu Sarkus

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Romford visit in-form rivals

London Div 2NE

Chelmsford (12-2-3) v Romford & GP (13-0-4)

Park proved their worth with a 21-13 victory over table-topping Rochford at Crow Lane last weekend.

But coach Mark Collins knows they face another tough test against a Chelmsford side unbeaten in their last 14 matches.

Having lost to Braintree, Romford and Rochford in their first three games of the campaign, Chelmsford have not tasted defeat since and extended their impressive run with a 29-7 win at Saffron Walden.

Both clubs still hold hopes of gatecrashing the top two, but whoever loses this crunch encounter could find themselves frozen out of the promotion race.

London Div 3NE

Basildon (13-1-2) v Upminster (8-1-8)

With five games left, Upminster’s recent run of five wins in seven appears to have ensured their survival.

Last weekend’s 14-5 success at Wymondham strengthened their hold on sixth place, with a 16-point advantage over next-to-bottom Bancroft.

Basildon ran out comfortable 29-0 winners when these two sides met at Hall Lane in week two and remain hot on the heels of leaders Lowestoft, whom they entertain in a potential title decider next weekend.

Wanstead (8-2-6) v Campion (6-0-10)

Having forfeited their match at table-topping Lowestoft last weekend, Campion remain under threat of relegation.

Only five points above the bottom two, they face a tricky trip to fifth-placed Wanstead, who won 16-12 when the sides met at Cottons Park at the start of the season.

But winnable games against Wymondham and Bancroft follow, before home and away clashes with South Woodham and a final-day derby at Upminster.

Essex Div 1

Dagenham (3-2-9) v Old Cooperians (7-0-7)

Coopers have fallen out of the promotion race in recent weeks, after three successive defeats against Pegasus, Maldon and East London.

Now lying in fifth place, 17 points off the top two, they will be gunning for revenge against lowly Dagenham, who won 30-24 when the two sides met at St Mary’s Lane earlier in the season.

And with four of their last five matches on home turf, they might still hold out hope for an unlikely climb up the table in the closing weeks of the campaign.

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