A word of caution - if we stumble this weekend, and Caldy surprise us all by winning away at Rotherham, we're back in the doo-doo. While we only need to be better than three other teams, there is no room for error right now. However, Loughborough Students are entertaining Club, and Cambridge are away to Old E's, both in the top 4, so if results go to form, we'd move up rather than down.
The view from FHLH (a Cambridge supporter) on Rolling Maul:
Date Cambs BM Caldy LS Esher
Sale FC (H)
B'ham Moseley (58) - (2 Home, 2 Away) have taken one win with two further likely on current form (Cambridge, Caldy). They still control the relegation run in having both Cambridge and Caldy).
Cambridge (53) - (2 home, 2 Away) I thought the trickiest run in but see Caldy, looking to score losing bonus points and win at least one. Suffering from lack of TBP during the season
Caldy (52) - (2 home, 2 Away) An equally difficult run in as Cambridge, if not worse. Need to win at least two (if Cambridge win one) as Cambridge have higher number of wins
Loughborough (46) - (2 Home, 2 Away) still need to take at least two @ 5 points to survive, Esher match takes on huge importance to avoid wooden spoon
Esher (45) - (2 home, 2 Away) need to win two (LS, Sale) plus LBP + TBP
27 April is looking to be important at both ends of the table. Sale and Cinderford looking safer at the bottom, the top is anyone’s guess ... go Amps (if only to wind up The Championship!!) but Leicester Loughborough on 27th could be an issue
Yes, I saw that - depends on what (if any) effects we're hit with when the army contingent are elsewhere.
I'm actually really positive about where we find ourselves after the last couple of weeks, but realistically we could be a bit underpowered for the run in. Take the soldiers away from last Saturday and it's asking a lot of the injury returnees and squad players to replace them like for like - Ravai and Lewis in particular.
I'd like at least a point this weekend, an away win at Cambridge, and then at home to Caldy. From Ampthill I'd take what we can get, but I'm not holding my breath. Stranger things have happened mind.
I wont be able to get to the Plymouth game on Saturday and in all honesty I don't think Moseley will win. Plymouth got the double last year with two close wins home and away. After and a close win at Moseley this season - albeit a typical Moseley penalty at the death gifted Plymouth the winning attacking line out - I still feel a losing bonus point seems the most likely outcome - but I will willing accept a result to the contrary.
I feel Ampthil might be 'a bridge too far' but, with all the close games Moseley have had this season and if they manage their game well they could still surprise us with a losing bonus. I'll be there but only for the second half due to nwork commitments.
Cambridge really is a must win game. I am trying to get time off work but I am not hopeful.
It would be nice if Caldy, the last game of the season, could be a celebration game with nothing - but pride - to lose. Moseley can and have played some superb champagne rugby this season - just think back to the Plymouth home game, particularly the first half which was champagne rugby to match anything England can come up with.
If that did happen then, to quote William Shakespeare..."we are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep...", in other words we can all rest in peace - till next season.
Come on Moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooose
An away win at Cambridge next Saturday would probably be enough for Mose but, if they lose, it could be all down to the home game with Caldy who are in some good form now. Next weeks fixtures have Esher away at Chinnor, Cambridge home to Mose, Caldy home to Rosslyn Park and Loughboro' away at Plymouth. I would expect Esher to get well beat, Mose - could go either way but hopefully get one or two bonus points at least, Caldy could go and beat Rosslyn and Loughboro' to lose at Plymouth. That could give;
Then, the final weekend. Mose home to Caldy, Esher away at Blackheath, Cambrisge away at Sale and L'boro home to Ampthill. I think (hope) Mose will win, Esher to get well beat at Blackheath, Cambridge v Sale could go either way and L'boro to get well beat by Ampthill. That could leave the final table like this;
Looking like it could very well go down to the wire now with the injury situation but hoping I'm proved wrong. Its still in our own hands as they say, I'm praying we can get a win at Cambridge but could come down to who's fit on the day we need a few guys coming back from injury that's for certain