Sudbury are hoping for a hat-trick away at troubled Clacton

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Sudbury will be bidding to continue their winning start to the London Three North East rugby season at Clacton on Saturday, if the home side can raise a team.

Clacton, promoted from Eastern Counties One last season, had to call off last weekend’s visit to Old Brentwoods because of a shortage of front row specialists.

Teams have to start with a minimum of four in their squad, but Clacton had only two available on Saturday morning, and were forced to concede the match.

The Seasiders expect to be docked five points by the London and SE League, but a club spokesman said they were hopeful that Saturday’s fixture against Sudbury at Vista Road (3pm) would go ahead.

Sudbury director of rugby Graham Richards will be looking to make it a hat-trick of victories on Saturday – Sudbury won 16-13 at West Norfolk on opening day, and then beat Suffolk rivals Stowmarket 50-17 at Whittome Field at the weekend.

“At Clacton, a win’s important, but if we can get a bonus-point victory, so much the better,” said Richards, who has to make one change from Saturday’s winning squad as George Murray is not available.

Justin Burton is available and looks set to make his first outing of the season.