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National League Two South Review – Four-way battle for title

22 December 2010

  • Last weekend’s entire programme ruled out by the bad weather
  • Four teams are vying for top spot with Ealing leading into 2011

Southend's Sam Arnot about to be dumped during his side's victory over Jersey

Photo: Getty Images

Four teams head into the New Year all still vying for the National League Two South title with Ealing leading the way.

The west London side hold a five- point advantage over Jersey, the only side to date to have beaten them. The Channel Islanders ran out 32-18 winners on home soil on October 23, and the return game at Vallis Way on February 19 is certainly one for the diary.

However in- form Richmond could be 'the ones to watch'. The former Premiership outfit were due to entertain Ealing last week until the freezing weather conditions put paid to their entire fixture list. Richmond look a totally different side to the one that suffered three straight losses at the start of the campaign.

New coach Steve Hill has stamped his mark on the squad and they have since won 11 games on the bounce.

Southend are still on the fringes of the title race, but have a 10- point differential to make up. Victory at Ealing is vital when league action resumes on January 8 if their slim hopes are going to be kept alive. And they can take encouragement from a 31-31 draw against Mike Cudmore's men back on September 18.

Ealing though are deservedly on top, having scored more and conceded fewer points than any of their rivals, and in Phil Chesters they possess the deadliest finisher in the league. The winger is only four short of matching last season’s tally of 28 tries with half the season left to play.

You can view the National League Two South table and statistics (PDF 679kB) now on RFU.com.