Sudbury RFC have just five games left to try and ensure their survival in London One North for next season.
Ben Scully’s charges head into a home clash with second place Brentwood at Whittome Field this Saturday (3pm) still positioned in the bottom two of the London One North table.
The gap between 12th placed Chelmsford remains only five points but, with games fast running out, there is not long left for Sudbury to pick up the points needed to leapfrog the Essex side and move out of danger.
Sudbury were on course for their fourth win of the season at the weekend, as they led 11-10 at Fullerians heading into the final minutes. But a late converted try from their hosts saw them taste a 17-11 defeat.
Relegation rivals Chelmsford take on Fullerians this weekend and will be looking to increase the gap over Scully’s side, with Sudbury not expected to pick up points against a Brentwood side who have won their last eight league games.
The reverse meeting in Essex finished 21-10 in Brentwood’s favour, which will give Scully and his players belief that they can add to their points tally, albeit perhaps with a losing bonus point.
Captain Sam Conning will lead Sudbury out at Whittome Field on Saturday for what is the start of their final five games of the season.