Rugby: Back the Blues as they start tough season run-in

Aaron Davies in action for Chi against Westcliff / Picture by Kate Shemilt
Aaron Davies in action for Chi against Westcliff / Picture by Kate Shemilt

Chichester are hoping a large crowd will back their bid to start the season’s run-in with victory at Oaklands Park on Saturday.

The Blues host fourth-placed Westcombe Park (3pm) in what is sure to be a tough encounter.

The visitors from Orpington, Kent, have played for many seasons at higher levels. Chi have played them only three times and lost twice, though they did win away to Westcombe last season.

Chi want to see a big turnout at the clubhouse and on the touchline. The match follows a special lunch for club sponsors and vice-presidents.

Chi lost at East Grinstead last time out and their final four games are all against clubs in the top seven. They also still have to visit Shelford, who are seventh, host fifth- placed Hertford and go to second-placed Tonbridge Juddians.

It has been obvious this season that this league is practically divided into two sections of seven clubs each.

The Blues have suffered from injuries but their recent run of five consecutive wins means they are tenth – and are safe whatever the remaining results.

The top section have larger resources and have been able to recruit semi-pro players from home and abroad and are competing for promotion to National two south. The lower section are fighting for a mid-table finish and to avoid the bottom three places which would mean relegation to London one.

The Blues have suffered from injuries but their recent run of five consecutive wins means they are tenth – and are safe whatever the remaining results.

They have a good squad and are capable of causing an upset – perhaps they can do so this week. Fans are urged to get to Oaklands Park in good time to cheer them on.

* On Sunday, Chichester’s under-seven, eight, nine and ten teams play in their respective Sussex finals at Oaklands Park, starting at 10.30am. The club would like to see as many people as possible supporting the lads.

ROGER GOULD

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