The win against Old Merchant Taylors’ in the last round of league fixtures gave our 1st XV a seven point lead at the top of London 3 North West and the impressive second half performance confirmed the standard the team can play at. The flurry of 31 points scored after the break was only one less than the total points scored in the second halves of the previous five games and secured the eighth bonus point of the campaign.
Verulamians, our visitors this Saturday, can be found at the other end of the table with just two wins so far this season. They opened their fixtures with a 20-10 defeat at Kilburn but in next three games conceded a combined total of 181 points against Tabard, Harrow and Old Streetonians. Away wins against Royston (22-14) and Finchley (40-19) sandwiched a home loss to Stevenage (17-37) but the two games in November brought further defeats against Old Merchant Taylors’ and Cheshunt, 5-43 and 15-39 respectively. Despite having the worst points difference in the competition, -230 from nine games, a single league point keeps them off bottom place and ahead of Finchley. The lowest four teams all lost their last set of games and as we approach the halfway stage of the season Kilburn and Royston will also need to improve their form if they are not to slip further behind the rest of the league.
A solid 2017/18 season in London 3 North West with 13 wins and 13 bonus points earned them a fifth place finish. Verulamians were promoted from Herts/Middx 1 at the end of the 2016/17 season having taken top spot thanks to 18 wins from their 20 matches. London Welsh finished in fifth place that season, some 36 points adrift of the promotion places and with two defeats against Verulamians - 8-10 away and then 3-50 at ODP.
Kick off is at 2pm. Hot food and drink available, bar open, ADMISSION IS FREE!
Also at ODP this Saturday: London Welsh Druids v Grasshopppers 2. Kick off 2pm.
Other London 3 North West fixtures this weekend:
Datchworth v Old Merchant Taylors'
Harrow v Royston
Kilburn Cosmos v Finchley
Old Streetonians v Cheshunt
Tabard v Stevenage Town