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Medway are in a four-way scrap at the top of London 1 South along with Sevenoaks, Brighton and Camberley

By Luke Cawdell

The race for top spot in London 1 South is showing no sign of letting up.

Medway are neck and neck with leaders Sevenoaks and they visit their Kent rivals on Saturday.

Brighton, in third, are one point behind with fourth-placed Camberley just three points further back. It’s set up for a grandstand finish, with Medway set to face all three teams in their final six games.

Medway coach Taff Gwilliam Picture: Matthew Walker
Medway coach Taff Gwilliam Picture: Matthew Walker

Head coach Taff Gwilliam said: “It certainly is quite something. To have the top four sides all within a win of each other makes it intriguing.

“The top teams have got to play each other but it’s not just the top sides who are strong, there is no easy game. It’s going to be a ding-dong battle and I imagine it will go to the wire. It is tight, but our destiny is in our own hands.”

Medway have managed to sustain a run of form, winning their last eight games despite some key injuries, losing this year’s skipper and last year’s captain, too. James Dance and Mike Gardner’s absence hasn’t been as bad as it might have been last year, however.

“We’ve got more depth this year,” Gwilliam said. “We have been able to absorb the injuries we have had and still win.

“We have got a lot of young players coming through and that’s really pleasing.”

Medway in action last weekend in their win over Cobham
Medway in action last weekend in their win over Cobham

Medway did have a fright against bottom side Hove recently, running out narrow winners.

Gwilliam said: “Hove did well on the day. They’ve lost every game but they proved that no game is easy. In the last four or five games they have scored bonus-point tries. They are a free-scoring side, we were too loose and we nearly paid the price.

“We beat Cobham in our last game and I was pleased with the way we played against a very good side.”

Medway in action last weekend in their win over Cobham
Medway in action last weekend in their win over Cobham

Medway beat Sevenoaks in the reverse fixture at Priestfields back in November.

“It was a game of two halves,” added Gwilliam. “We dominated the first half and all credit to them for the way they came back into it.

“It’s about who performs on the day and who can impose their will on the other.”

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