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RUGBY PREVIEW: January 22

PUBLISHED: 16:22 20 January 2011

Local teams are all at home this weekend

Local teams are all at home this weekend

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Quartet look for home rule

London Div 2NE

Romford & GP (9-0-3) v Ipswich (6-1-5)

Park made it four wins in a row with a hard-fought success at Beccles last weekend.

That kept them within five points of table-topping Braintree and second-placed Rochford and they will be looking to complete a double over Ipswich.

Park claimed a bonus point after running in four tries in their 32-7 success at Ipswich, but the Suffolk club have been showing improved form in recent outings, going five game unbeaten before last week’s 8-5 home defeat by the leaders.

London Div 3NE

Campion (4-0-7) v Newmarket (8-0-4)

Campion climbed off the bottom of the table with their 21-0 win at Mersea Island.

However, victory came at a price, with two players suffering nasty facial injuries.

They welcome a Newmarket side to Cottons Park, who will be smarting after seeing a three-year unbeaten home record broken by Upminster.

But now they are out of the bottom two, Campion will be trying to do all they can to stay away from danger.

Upminster (5-1-6) v Wisbech (4-1-7)

Record-breaking Upminster go into their Hall Lane clash with basement boys Wisbech in high spirits.

Paul McLeavy’s men battled to a superb 27-22 win at Newmarket last weekend, ending their three-year unbeaten home record in the process.

And a third successive win this weekend could lift Upminster into the top half of the table.

Essex Div 1

Old Cooperians (6-0-4) v Clacton (5-0-5)

After winning at Brightlingsea last weekend, Coopers welcome their coastal neighbours Clacton to St Mary’s Lane.

A third successive victory kept fourth-placed Coopers two points behind Maldon, in second, in the race to secure the runners-up spot behind champions-elect East London.

Clacton needed just a single kick to beat Pegasus, 3-0, on a blustery day and the old boys will hope to keep them at arms length and avoid dropping back into a mid-table position.


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