CHICHESTER are all set for the final phase of another exciting season - knowing there’s no room for error if they’re to realise their dream of reaching the national leagues.
The Blues have nine games left of their London one south season and sit in first place with their destiny in their own hands. But even one slip-up would be likely to end their title hopes and leave them facing a play-off.
They’re engaged in a fabulous battle for supremacy in the division with Gravesend, and it’s the Kent side’s visit to Oaklands Park on March 29 that first XV head coach Rob Lawrence believes could decide who’ll win the league.
But with Sidcup going strongly in third, Chichester also need to be aware they have to remain consistent - or risk finishing outside the top two for the third season running.
The title winners go up and second place brings the play-off, but those are the only routes up to National three south, which would be the highest level Chichester had played at - their first time in the national set-up.
The Blues had two setbacks in December - losing narrowly at Gravesend and at home to Wimbledon - but have been unbeaten since then, with their latest success an amazing back-from-the-dead 24-20 victory at Dover last Saturday, when they were 20-0 down at half-time.
Lawrence is proud of his squad’s efforts so far but said their total of three defeats was two higher than it should have been. And he said they simply had to keep producing their best rugby week in, week out to give themselves a chance of the title.
Watch our video of Rob Lawrence talking about the season so far and what lies ahead for the team and the club as a whole.