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Blues out to pick off Buzzards

Promotion race hots up as Blues aim to maintain momentum

Malcolm Howe



NEWBURY BLUES bid to build on last week’s top of the table win over Salisbury by continuing their improved away form at mid-table Leighton Buzzard in South West One East.

Last week’s victory hauled second-placed Salisbury back within reach, but head coach Lee Goodall knows that his side has to ensure that results does not go to waste as Blues got into their final nine games of the season.

“It opens up several avenues and it is down to us to continue this momentum,” said Goodall. “That result can’t be taken away, but we’re on to the next one now and here we go again.”

Blues must make changes to a winning side with Iain Herriott and Josh Love missing and fly half Ryan Trevaskis facing a fitness test.

Thatcham need a real end of season surge if they are to stand any chance of avoiding the drop from Southern Counties North and they have mid-table Marlow as visitors to Henwick on Saturday.

If Thatcham go down, they may find Tadley Tigers passing them in the opposite direction. They are also in home action against Berks, Bucks and Oxon Premier Division leaders Gosford All Blacks at Red Lane, which also hosts second-placed Milton Keynes on February 20 with only seven points seperating the three sides.

Hungerford have clambered out of the bottom two in the same division and on Saturday they go to the Slough side holding the place immediately above them, two points distant.

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