A break from the league was much needed after a bruising encounter against Stevenage. With the exception of the draw at Streetonians, London Welsh were held to their lowest total of the season but in return kept Stevenage scoreless, the first time in over two years that they had finished a match in that way.
Finchley had an easier time in the last round of games with a 65-5 win at Verulamians. The win moved them 17 points clear of the one relegation place and whilst mathematically they are not safe from the drop it would take a freak set of results for them to leave London 3 North West. Our hosts are currently on a three match unbeaten run earning some necessary league points after just one win and one draw from the 14 games they have played so far this season. Despite their limited number of wins Finchley have averaged 20 points per game but conceded an average of 25, picking up nine bonus points along the way.
Finchley’s visit to ODP on the first Saturday in November saw them 32-0 down at half time but fight back after the break with their positive and determined style of play bringing two tries and holding London Welsh to just one more. A brace of tries for Fred White and one each for David Gabe, Ben Cullen, Tom Baldwin, Gareth Morgan and Andy May ensured that the result was never in doubt and if six of the seven conversions hadn’t been off target the margin of victory could have been even higher. Finchley will be hoping that home advantage and the confidence generated from their recent successes will work in their favour whilst Welsh will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to eleven games and edge a little closer to securing promotion.
Those supporters travelling Finchley will enjoy a good sized clubhouse with a well stocked bar. There will be a limited amount of food available e.g. bacon rolls, sausages and doughnuts.
There is also a stand for those that prefer or need to be seated during the game.
Parking on Summers Lane must only be on the hedge side not on the residential side to avoid causing traffic delays. There is further parking available on the local side streets off Summers Lane or the car park (backs onto the Glebelands) near the top of the road.
Kick off is at 3pm.
Elsewhere in the league the battle for second place continues with Datchworth travelling to Stevenage in the hope of extending the gap between the two clubs. Fourth placed Old Streetonians host Tabard and must win to keep within reach of the promotion spots.
London 3 North West fixtures this Saturday (league positions in brackets):
Cheshunt (8) v Harrow (7)
Finchley (9) v London Welsh (1)
Old Merchant Taylors’ (6) v Verulamians (12)
Old Streetonians (4) v Tabard (5)
Royston (10) v Kilburn Cosmos (11)
Stevenage Town (3) v Datchworth (2)
Occies welcome Wasps to ODP for the final game of their Middlesex Merit Table campaign. This match will also start at 3pm.
Druids' match at Grasshoppers ha been cancelled but they return to action in a fortnight for their last game before the promotion play offs.