Ealing Rugby Club continue their bid for promotion to National League One on Saturday when they take on Southend at Vallis Way (Kick off 2pm).
Director of Rugby Mike Cudmore’s side have only lost twice in League Two South this season and are right in with a shout of moving up into the next tier of English rugby – just two steps below Premiership giants such as Saracens and Wasps.
Saturday will be a stern test against the fifth-placed Essex side, making their first visit to Trailfinders Sports Ground.
"They are a team who like to play so, weather permitting, it should produce a good game of rugby for all watching," said Cudmore.
"They are a good side with lots of experience but we will be looking to build on our good away win at Worthing with a good home performance."
Skipper Jay King said: "This week promises to be a tough encounter, Southend are a well drilled, physical and experienced side".
Ealing will be looking for their impressive pack and fly-half Ben Ward to once again provide the ammunition for free-scoring wing Phil Chesters – the top try scorer in any of the five National Leagues (including the Premiership), with 13
Andy Frost is Southend’s top points scorer with 106, while fellow wing Mark Billings leads their try scoring list with five. And watch out for No.8 Sean Vine, who has picked up two yellow cards already this season.
A thrilling afternoon of rugby is in prospect – come down to Vallis Way to support your successful local team.