Just four points separate Sudbury Rugby Club from second place with eight games to go, but Graham Richards has again refused to entertain a promotion push.
Albeit having played two more games than Old Cooperians, ahead of the visit of Beccles on Saturday (3pm) after a week’s break, the head coach is still adamant avoiding the drop will remain their sole target.
“There is no thought process in my mind whatsoever about getting promoted,” said Richards.
“Our goal remains the same as the start of the season; the most important thing is to stay in this league.
“Once that is mathematically achieved, the thought process will turn towards next year.”
He added: “In my opinion it will take two to three years to rebuild Sudbury Rugby Club, perhaps a bit longer.”
Richards outlined how he believes the club need to be running three senior sides (currently two) to build themselves to a position where they could target moving up the leagues again, having been relegated to London Three North East in 2010/11.
Second row Andy Currie (ankle) has not recovered in time for Saturday, along with centre Mark Bolton (groin), while full-back Fraser Beckett and winger Thomas Barry are both unavailable.