Ipswich RFC could send Sudbury down

IPSWICH Rugby CLub have had their best campaign in London 2 for a number of years achieving a creditable fifth position.

They will be planning to end the season in style at Humber Doucy Lane tomorrow when local rivals Sudbury are the visitors.

But it promises to be a nail-biting affair for the visitors who sit nervously fourth from bottom in a position where relegation is a possibility depending upon the fortunes of their adversaries. Beccles, who currently occupy a relegation spot, take on Saffron Walden at Beef Meadow.

The big game in Eastern Counties 1 is at Holt where promoted Stowmarket are the visitors. The home side is second in the table and in good form having recently produced a string of strong performances. This will be a keenly fought contest with both sides striving for honours.

Bottom club Thurston are at home to Harwich and Dovercourt and second bottom Woodbridge, as yet without a home win, host Crusaders.

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Ipswich YM, the promoted club in Eastern Counties 2, travel to Thetford to celebrate the end of the campaign. Third placed Hadleigh are on the road to Felixstowe and fourth placed Mistley entertain Lakenham Hewett.

Mildenhall Eagles, who in their first ever season in the Eastern Counties have found the going tough, travel to Swaffham.

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The flag of ambition in the upper echelons of local rugby is instead being flown by Colchester and Bury St Edmunds who are third and fourth respectively in London 1.

Colchester, buoyed by victory at the death in a magnificent game of rugby in the Suffolk Cup against arch rivals Bury, face Old Colfeians at the Mill Road. Bury are on the road to Tabard and both local sides could claim the double in these games meaning the local rivals’ fight for third spot will continue to the death.

In National League 3, Diss play their last home game of the season against Gravesend before relegation to the London Leagues.

In London 3, the relegated clubs Bancroft and Mersea Island will slug it out together in North London with only pride to play for. Fourth placed Newmarket travel into Norfolk to end their season at Wymondham.

Clacton are at home to Thames in the Canterbury Jack League 1 looking for the win that will ensure the survival of their neighbours Brightlingsea.

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