After an unbeaten run stretching back more than 12 months, last Saturday was a reminder of how competitive this league is. Four of the six matches played finished with the teams within one score of each other and just nine league points separate us at the top of the league and Cheshunt in 7th place. Those on the sidelines for our game at Stevenage saw chances missed by both teams in a match that could have gone either way. Stevenage deserved their win and the losing bonus point keeps our 1st XV two points clear at the head of London 3 North West.
This Saturday we are back in the familiar surroundings of Old Deer Park and offer a very warm welcome to Finchley RFC. We have to look back at the 2011/12 season for the last time our two teams met. Finchley won 14-5 at their ground and then went on to complete the double over us with a 10-20 scoreline at ODP. We ended that season bottom of London 3 North West and, together with Bank of England, were relegated to Herts/Middx 1.
Finchley were almost relegated from London 3 North West at the end of the 2016/17 season when they finished second from bottom. The collapse of a certain team in the Championship reduced the number of teams relegated throughout the league structure and Finchley retained their place. Last season was more successful and 10 wins and 17 bonus points gave them a 7th place finish with a comfortable 15 gap over the relegation places.
Unfortunately for our visitors this season hasn’t started with the same level of success. A solitary win, albeit an impressive 46-31 score at Old Merchant Taylors’, sees them second from bottom and the five bonus points collected from the opening seven fixtures keeps them just ahead of Royston. Last weekend they went down 19-40 against a resurgent Verulamians team. They opened the season with straight defeats against Harrow (20-18), Old Streetonians (26-33), Royston (34-10), Stevenage Town (21-38) and Cheshunt (13-10).
As the evenings are now closing in we pick move in to the Autumn kick off times and this match will start at 2.30pm. Hot food and drinks, as well as the usual well stocked range of beverages at the bar, will be available to purchase in the club house.
ADMISSION IS FREE!