02:00PM, Friday 05 April 2019
Marlow RFC director of rugby James McKillop is relishing the challenge against champions-elect Windsor on Saturday and hopes the club can delay the league leader’s coronation.
Windsor sit top of the league and are within touching distance of claiming the league title but Marlow, who sit third, are still in an intense battle with Buckingham for second place and a play-off spot.
With a game in hand over the second-placed side and only a three-point deficit to overcome, McKillop knows there’s still plenty to play for in the final three games of the season.
“It’s a really tough run in for us with three games to go and lots to play for,” said McKillop.
“We are a game in hand over Buckingham who sit three points ahead of us – so we are definitely in a battle with them for second place and hopefully a play-off spot, with the potential of getting promoted.”
And the director of rugby is looking forward to the challenge of facing the league’s top side and making them work to claim the title.
“As a minimum we can defer the party for Windsor a little bit,” added McKillop.
“If we can deny them anything on Saturday then that will delay their opportunity to be crowned champions and guarantee themselves promotion. So there’s a lot to play for at the top of the table.”
The two sides faced off earlier in the season but conditions transpired to make playing quality rugby near
impossible as Windsor eked out a narrow 6-0 win in terrible weather conditions.
But McKillop is confident Marlow can give a better account of themselves at Riverwoods this weekend.
“We know what Windsor have, clearly the results show that,” added McKillop.
“But we know we can give them a really good test and, with them coming to Riverwoods, we feel good about our chances of getting a result.”
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