It’s been a week of wonderful success for Farnham – without a ball being kicked or thrown, as Alex Lambe reports.
Farnham have won promotion to London 2 South West after a walkover against Weybridge Vandals.
They sealed promotion without even having to touch the ball. Weybridge turned up without a front row, and since the game couldn’t be re-arranged due to Farnham’s commitment in the cup, the five points were handed the way of the league leaders.
Old Cranleighans, who sit in third place, cannot catch the table toppers despite securing a bonus point win over US Portsmouth on Saturday. They currently sit on 69 points, and with only a maximum of 15 points up for grabs from the remaining fixtures, they are unable to catch Farnham.
Farnham are yet to be crowned champions, but are the first of two sides who can gain promotion. Eastleigh are looking to join them and will still aim to claim the title, despite slipping up at home to Battersea Ironsides at the weekend. The Hampshire side currently sit second in the table and are 10 points clear of Old Cranleighans with only three games of the season remaining.
League leaders Farnham face a tough run in to the end of the season. They travel to Old Cranleighans in the regional final of the RFU Senior Vase this coming Saturday, effectively the national quarter-finals, before facing them again, away, in the league a week later.
The following week they face a tough test as they welcome Battersea Ironsides before they end the season with a tricky trip away to Basingstoke.