Even loss won’tdeny Jud­dian prize of pro­mo­tion

The Rugby Paper - - News - By NICK VERDIER

TON­BRIDGE Jud­dian se­cured pro­mo­tion to the Na­tional Two South next sea­son with a 46-5 win over Hert­ford last week­end.

The Kent out­fit are five points clear of Wim­ble­don but cru­cially they have only lost one game this sea­son to Wim­ble­don’s three. Ton­bridge will travel to Southend next week but even a de­feat cou­pled to a Wim­ble­don win in Dork­ing would still see them re­main top as the num­ber of de­feats is the de­cid­ing fac­tor if teams fin­ish level.

Old Red­clif­fi­ans are the other team al­ready cer­tain to play in the Na­tional Two South next sea­son, leav­ing Dings Cru­saders to bat­tle it out with Wim­ble­don for the last re­main­ing spot through a play-off.

In the Mid­lands, it’s a tight three-way bat­tle with Broad­street, Sh­effield and Nuneaton all still in the race to clinch the ti­tle.

Broad­street have the up­per hand sit­ting top, two points clear of Sh­effield, and a win at home against Sand­bach will see them make the step up to Na­tional Two North.

Should they lose, how­ever, they could be over­taken by both Sh­effield and Nuneaton, who take on Bridg­north and Long­ton re­spec­tively, and even miss out on the pro­mo­tion play-off de­cider.

Long­ton and Sand­bach will be des­per­ate for a win, too, as these two are neck and neck to avoid rel­e­ga­tion to Mid­lands One.

There is noth­ing to play for at the top of the North league with Hud­der­s­field hav­ing se­cured their re­turn to Na­tional Two North a few weeks back while Rossendale will con­test the pro­mo­tion play-off.

At the bot­tom, how­ever, there will be a long dis­tance bat­tle be­tween Don­caster Phoenix and Cleck­heaton who will have to win on the road to re­tain their Na­tional League sta­tus.

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