Rivals are ready for promotion rumble

COUNTY RECOGNITION: (from left) Thurston Rugby Club players Dom Stott, Ben Sinclair, Oli Paxman, Aaron Waters and Craig Wilson who made up a third of the Suffolk Senior side that claimed a 35-15 victory over Norfolk in the first leg of the Counties Cup at North Walsham last week.
COUNTY RECOGNITION: (from left) Thurston Rugby Club players Dom Stott, Ben Sinclair, Oli Paxman, Aaron Waters and Craig Wilson who made up a third of the Suffolk Senior side that claimed a 35-15 victory over Norfolk in the first leg of the Counties Cup at North Walsham last week.
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THE PROMOTION race in Greene King IPA Eastern Counties League Division Two could become a lot clearer come 5pm tomorrow as table-toppers Thetford travel to fourth-placed Thurston (3pm).

Just five points separate the top five sides in the division with Thetford currently holding the advantage over their rivals, but that could all change with the hosts looking to maintain their unbeaten Robinson Field record.

The last time the sides met back in November, Thurston claimed a narrow 19-15 victory and winger James Mould is confident of a repeat result, which he believes would give his side the momentum to oust Thetford as promotion favourites.

“At this stage of the season it is make or break for us and we must win if we are looking for promotion, which we are,” he said.

“They are a physically strong side and we know we have to at our best in the scrums because they are particularly good in set pieces.

“March is the biggest month for us and if we can get a win against Thetford, it will give us the confidence to push on and challenge for that top spot.”

However, opposition captain Liam Burnell has warned tomorrow’s hosts that a victory for his side could go a long way to deciding the promotion race as Thetford look for their fourth consecutive league victory.

“If we can get the win at Thurston it would be their first defeat at home all season and would certainly make people stand up, take notice and finally believe we are good enough to win this division,” he said.

“Being top now with only five matches remaining certainly puts our destiny in our own hands.

“Their forwards are fantastic and we know we have to be prepared for that, stick to our game plan and not be dragged into theirs.

“This is 100 per cent our biggest match of the season and if we can get a victory then it would be firmly in our hands to go and win the league.”

Elsewhere in Eastern Counties Two, Mildenhall Eagles go in search of just their second win of the season when they host Felixstowe tomorrow (3pm).

Meanwhile, Bury St Edmunds will look to continue their rise back up the London One North table after their 25-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player.

They moved above Brentwood into eighth as a result of their 59-11 defeat of Old Colfeians and host their next target, Ruislip in seventh, tomorrow (3pm).

Stowmarket missed the chance to close the gap on second-placed Harlow in London Three North East on Saturday after crashing to a surprise 49-26 defeat at bottom club East London.

They host sixth-placed Upminster tomorrow (3pm).

n A girls’ rugby taster session will be held at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club on Monday (6.30pm-7.30pm) and — with the support of Bury club coaches Gavin Hogg and Barry Frost — is open to all.