Southwold need rivals to slip up if they are to claim automatic promotion

Southwold RFC's Callum Anthony going in to score.

Southwold RFC's Callum Anthony going in to score. - Credit: Archant

Southwold need rivals Stowmarket to slip up if they are to claim automatic promotion from London Three Eastern Counties this season.

Both teams are locked together at the top of the table on 81 points with two matches to play, with some confusion as to who exactly is top.

Southwold boast a considerably superior points difference but league rules dictate that the team with fewer defeats finishes higher in the event of a tie.

Stowmarket's only loss this season was at The Common, while Southwold have been beaten by Ely as well as their title rivals, so as it stands at present Stowmarket will be champions.

They need two five points wins to finish the job, with games to come at home to Thetford tomorrow and at Holt on April 14.

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Southwold are at home to Woodbridge tomorrow (3pm) and at Wisbech the following Saturday and need to win their games with four or more tries, while hoping Stowmarket slip up, to finish top. If not then they are guaranteed a play-off for a place in London Two North East next season which would take place at The Common on April 21, with London side Millwall set to provide the opposition.

Wymondham are without a league game – but it still promises to be an afternoon to remember at Tuttles Lane.

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Lowestoft & Yarmouth, who pulled out of the league earlier in the season, will honour their scheduled fixture as a friendly for what will be Wymondham's final game at their traditional home before moving to a new ground over the summer.

To mark the occasion, past players will be joining the club's current squad while hundreds of youngsters will also be in action.

'It's a big moment for us,' said club chairman Andrew Kilby. 'We've built up a lot of memories here on Tuttles Lane over the years and though we're moving up to something bigger and better, lots of former players as well as parents and friends will be here on Saturday to say goodbye to the old place.'

The celebrations kick-off at 9.30am with minis games. An old boys' match follows at 11.30am and the main game starts at 3pm. There will be a celebration lunch, entertainment and live music in the evening.

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