Time is running out for struggling Holt

Ally Hughes makes a rare break forward for Holt during their recent 27-0 defeat at South Woodham Fer

Ally Hughes makes a rare break forward for Holt during their recent 27-0 defeat at South Woodham Ferrers. Picture: STUART YOUNG - Credit: Archant

Just three games remain in the regular season for Holt to salvage some self-belief and finish their campaign on a high.

Heading into the run-in they are effectively 13 points from safety, which means anything less than a win at home to Cantabrigian tomorrow will leave them doomed to the drop.

The visitors to High Kelling should be hot favourites for a solid victory but they are something of an enigma, going from red-hot at home to lukewarm away depending on which of their players are able to travel.

Coach Ed Steed, despite having his players on a rest weekend, will still be faced with some re-jigging.

Influencial centre Hal Riley has departed these shores for New Zealand, where he will gain valuable playing experience. One who could potentially move in is Harry Graham while another player to watch out for is Aaron Tagg, who is growing into a fine centre playing for the Owls.


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A couple of regulars at the Holt lunches will have a special reason for wanting the team to present them with a victory tomorrow. They are are Ken and Rita Swallow who celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on March 30. Ken is a regular player at touch rugby on Thursday and victory would be the best anniversary present the players could give them.

Holt Owls need to secure one more victory to seal second place that should result in promotion back to Eastern Counties Two, as West Norfolk and Dereham look set for relegation. Southwold II, tomorrow's visitors, are in third place, nine points adrift of Holt with a much inferior points tally.

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Steve Tagg's Tertians have a tough trip to Norwich Medics. In their recent fixture against Norwich Union the team were represented by two father and son combinations, Martin and Josh Sleighthome and David and Martin Pearce.

Back in London 2NE Diss look certain to take another giant step towards promotion tomorrow when they play the league's bottom side Campion at Mackenders. The Romford-based outfit have lost every game this season and were hammered 94-15 at home by the leaders earlier in the campaign.

Diss are currently five points clear at the top, with South Woodham Ferrers the only side who could deny them.

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