Hartpury RFC enter the final seven games of the season bottom of the Greene King IPA Championship, and the fear of relegation is as real as ever.
Hartpury ended a run of 10 straight defeats in their last game against Richmond, which brought the Gloucestershire side level on points with their opponents from that day.
The Red and Blacks travel to second placed Ealing Trailfinders this weekend after a two week break from league action. They then host Nottingham next weekend at the College Stadium, before another two week gap.
Given that Ealing have lost just three times this season, and only once at home, the task ahead for Hartpury is an extremely difficult one and a game that looks unlikely to provide much in terms of points.
More encouraging news is the arrival of a group of players from Bristol Bears, who play in the Premiership, until the end of the season. Whilst this will benefit the development of these youngsetrs, it also gives Hartpury a massive boost heading into such a crucial few months for the club.
Those loan players, including the recent England Under 20 call-up, Charlie Powell, showed their quality in that win over Richmond and the experience those players bring to the club could well be the reason the Red and Black’s stay up.
Just goes to show what a couple of games in the Red & Black can do for you…
Seriously, congrats to @charlie_powell4 and the @BristolBears academy! https://t.co/hbbdSmwWVB— Hartpury RFC (@HartpuryRFC) 18 February 2019
Hartpury’s run in looks incredibly difficult, playing all of the top four sides in the league, with three of those being away from home. If they are to survive the drop down into National League One, Hartpury will have to be on top of their game but if the Richmond game is anything to go by, there is plenty to be positive about.
Hartpury’s game against Ealing this weekend is away from home, with a 3PM kick-off, before a crucial home tie against Nottingham next weekend at the College Ground.