Game of the day at Stowmarket

WITH promotion secured, Ipswich YM will still be going all out to clinch the Eastern Counties 2 title.

An impressive 14 points ahead with just three to play, they face a difficult match at third-placed Mistley tomorrow.

This won’t be the easiest of games for YM but head coach Nigel Seaman has been delighted with the spirit shown by his team and they will be expected to continue their dominance having lost just one league game all season.

Elsewhere in the league, Felixstowe will also start as hot favourites when they host hapless Mildenhall Eagles while improving Hadleigh, who gave YM a great match last time around, are on the road to Norfolk and Lakenham Hewett in particular.

The big game of the day, and certainly the one with the most at stake, will be found at Chilton Fields when top of the table Stowmarket play host to second place West Norfolk in Eastern Counties 1. At this stage of the campaign, victory for either side should guarantee them London league rugby next season.

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At the other end of the table is a clash with only pride to play for. Woodbridge, as yet without a win at their Hatchley Barn Ground, host Thurston who haven’t won a league game anywhere all season.

In London 2, Ipswich face Canvey Island at Humber Doucy Lane with the Suffolk side hoping home advantage will help consolidate their position in the league.

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Beccles, who have commendably crept away from the relegation positions in recent weeks, entertain highly-placed Chelmsford at their Beef Meadow ground while Sudbury, too close to the bottom for comfort, should face a difficult task at Saffron Walden looking to pick up only their second win of the season on their travels.

Colchester and Bury St Edmunds have acquitted themselves well in London 1 where they stand in third and fourth respectively. This achievement is particularly marked for Colchester in their first ever season at this level and they should pick up more points when they travel to basement side Stevenage Town tomorrow.

Bury are also on the road, at Woodford, with both local sides looking for victory to keep the pressure on the frontrunners above them.

At the top of the tree, the National League 3 has proved to be overwhelming for Diss. They are cast adrift at the foot of the table with 16 points separating them and the others. They play Bracknell at their Roydon Ground, but their focus is now very much on next season.

It is a similar story for Mersea Island who are nine points below their nearest rivals and appear doomed at the foot of London 3.

They have an unenviable mission at league leaders Lowestoft and Yarmouth. In a more unpredictable game, fourth placed Newmarket travel to Norwich with both sides having almost identical playing records thus far.

In the Essex Canterbury Jack League 1, Brightlingsea will be hoping to take the opportunity to clamber away from the danger zone when they face bottom club Dagenham on home ground. Clacton have a more difficult fixture against lofty Millwall.

All games are scheduled for a 3pm kick off.

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