Farnham Test Their Mettle

The local rugby side will be aiming to grab top spot as the title race hots up. Alex Lambe reports.

After registering an impressive comeback against a strong Old Cranleighans team last Saturday, the men in black and white will be aiming to record another victory, as they chase nearest challengers Eastleigh for the title.

Farnham currently sit in second place, level on points with Eastleigh, who sit on top of London 3 South West and remain unbeaten this season with 10 wins from 10.

This Saturday Farnham travel to Battersea Ironsides. Ironsides have endured a mixed campaign so far, winning six games out of a possible 10. They endured a tough start to the season, but have since responded well and currently find themselves fifth in the table.

On their guard

Farnham will have to be on their guard this weekend as Battersea will be likely to test the visitors’ back three with their kicking game. The Surrey side are known for playing an ambitious, fast-paced game with running rugby a plenty, which is sure to be a big test for the Ironsides’ defence.

It’s an intriguing fixture that will ultimately come down to tactics. If Ironsides don’t kick well then they could be left ragged by Farnham’s running game. However, if the home team kick well and follow through the kicks by putting pressure on the opposition, denying them the chance to run in the process, then they could take the points.

With Eastleigh away to local rivals and bottom-of-the-table Millbrook, the neutral fan would expect the men in green to win and remain top of the table. However, any slip up by Eastleigh, such as failing to secure a try bonus point or by simply not securing the expected victory, Farnham will be there looking to take advantage.

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