Colchester face tricky looking Chinford test

Colchester head coach Anthony O'Riordan

Colchester head coach Anthony O'Riordan - Credit: Archant

London 1 North leaders Colchester face a potentially tricky-looking fixture at home to Chingford, today.

Anthony O’Riordan’s team lead the table by two points with two games to go from Eton Manor, who go head-to-head with Colchester in London on the final day of the season next weekend.

That game looks set to be the league decider, although Colchester won’t take Chingford lightly at Mill Road, having only won the reverse encounter 23-17 earlier in the season.

As for Eton Manor, the only team to have toppled Colchester this season are away at North Walsham, having won the reverse fixture 36-7 in December.

At the other end of the table, second-bottom Ipswich go to tenth-placed Luton, while Romford & Gidea Park, on the same number of points as the Suffolk team but a position higher, are at home to Old Priorians.

Ipswich finish their London 1 North campaign at home to Letchworth Garden City next Saturday.

League champions Chelmsford, who will be playing London 1 North rugby next season, host fifth-placed Rochford Hundred in their final game of the season today, at Coronation Park.

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Eddie Gooby’s side have won 17 of their 19 league games this season and are 10 points clear of nearest rivals, Diss, who are at home to Basildon.

In London North 3, Sudbury, with the title already in the bag, host third-placed West Norfolk.

Graham Richards’ men suffered something of a shock defeat two weeks ago, at Lowestoft & Yarmouth, although with London 2 North rugby scheduled for next season, the result had no bearing on their final league position.

Stowmarket, in eighth, finish with a game at tenth-placed Old Brentwoods, while Lowestoft & Yarmouth, fresh from their impressive home win against Sudbury a fortnight ago, are on the road at second-placed Cantabrigian.

In Eastern Counties 1, champions Southwold wrap up their season with a game at Newmarket, while Ipswich YM, in fifth, go to bottom side Swaffham.

Elsewhere, Crusaders host Thurston, Mersea Island entertain Wymondham, Wisbech go to Thetford and Woodbridge Warriors are at home to Ely.

See today’s East Anglian Daily Times for much more on Bury St Edmunds’ potentially history-making trip to Barnes in National 3.

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