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Newbury Blues travel to Worthing tomorrow to face a team that includes old boys Greg Sullivan and Finlay Coxon-Smith

NEWBURY Blues will, come up against a couple of the club's ‘old boys' when they make their first trip to Worthing on Saturday in National League Two South.

Greg Sullivan and Finlay Coxon-Smith are regulars in a Worthing side that has won 11 of its 20 games this season, and they may be joined by recent departure Liam Perkins, who has been turning out in the club's second team while gaining fitness following an injury sustained at Newbury.

Last week's disappointing home setback at the hands of Clifton leaves Newbury needing to win most of their remaining games if they are to stand a chance of avoiding a third successive relegation, this time to the depths of Division Three South West, the level at which Newbury were placed when league rugby was introduced 25 years ago.

They are currently 22 points adrift of the last survival position and have still to face all four of the teams immediately above them in the table.

But they will need to do much better than on their last outing against Clifton. “It was as poor as we've played,” said director of rugby Andy Widdop. “And it has to be said that it was not against what you would call a good side.”

Blues will be looking to 18-year old winger Myles Roberts Bailey to build on his two-try start last week and Greg Price, Iain Herriott and Andy Gale are all likely to start.

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