Holt must hit the ground running against fellow strugglers Basildon

Holt coach Ed Steed.

Holt coach Ed Steed. - Credit: Archant © 2009

Languishing near the foot of London 2NE, Holt will be looking to draw a line in the sand and turn around their season when they host Basildon, who sit just two points above them.

So far this season Holt have managed just two wins, both away, to the teams who sit in the relegation zone below them.

They have yet to record a win on home soil despite having a large contingent of home support cheering them on. These games though have been far from boring, with Holt gifting their visitors a substantial lead before playing some scintillating catch-up rugby, only to fall at the final hurdle. Everyone will be hoping to see a Holt side that romps out of the blocks and hits the ground running this time around.

Ed Steed's selection has been hampered with unavailability, injury and suspension with a total 17 squad members missing. This includes three front row forwards, an integral part of all three teams, and David Bailey has been called up to cover for the first team.

On the positive side Graham Ilsley looks set to make a start in the senior side for the first time since April 2012 when he scored a brace of tries in the end of season victory over Newmarket. Ilsley has made three appearances in the seconds this season, scoring in each of these, and will start in the centre.

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