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PUBLISHED: 12:11 04 March 2011

Ricky Howard touches down for Romford (TGS)

Ricky Howard touches down for Romford (TGS)

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Romford way of Streets threat

London Division 2NE

Old Streetonians (4-0-14) v Romford & GP (13-1-4)

Park coach Mark Collins saw his side fight back for a well-deserved draw at in-form Chelmsford last week.

But he will not be taking lowly Streets lightly at Hackney.

Romford won 47-23 when the two sides met at Crow Lane earlier this season, but Collins conceded that Streets showed some ability in their back division and will want his players to be on guard.

Seven points adrift of leaders Rochford and six behind second-placed Braintree, Park can still force their way into a promotion place.

But they cannot afford any slip-ups and are relying on other results to go in their favour.

London Division 3NE

Campion (6-0-11) v Wymondham (7-0-11)

Defeat at Wanstead last weekend and a points deduction has left Campion looking over their shoulder at the drop zone.

They could give their survival hopes a big lift with success at Cottons Park, before a crunch clash with relegation rivals Bancroft next weekend.

Campion end the season with home and away meetings with mid-table South Woodham and a derby at Upminster, so the earlier they can put points on the board the better.

Upminster (8-1-9) v Bancroft (3-0-13)

Defeat at title-chasing Basildon last weekend made no difference to Upminster’s standing in the table.

They remain in the middle of the pack in sixth place and host a Bancroft side struggling to avoid the drop.

That said, Bancroft won 13-0 when the two sides met earlier in the season, so Upminster will be advised not to take them lightly.

Essex Division 1

Old Brentwoods (8-2-7) v Old Cooperians (8-0-7)

Coopers ended a three-game losing streak with a hard-fought triumph at lowly Dagenham last weekend.

And they could leapfrog Brentwoods into fourth place with another win this weekend.

Coopers came out on top by a 22-10 margin when the sides met at St Mary’s Lane and have two games in hand on their hosts, who are just two points above them in the table.

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