BOTTOM of the table Rochford Hundred face a tough looking task at fourth placed Colchester in London One North tomorrow.
Rochford have plummeted to the foot of the division after going nine games without a win.
But their first team manager Graham Pratt is hopeful of being able to spring a surprise in his side’s last outing before the Christmas break.
“This will be a very big game for us up against one of the best Essex sides full of young talent,” said Pratt.
“However, having said that we gave Colchester a run for their money at Magnolia Road earlier in the season and could have won that one.
“On paper we look a stronger ,more balanced side than then but will need to upset Colchester early on and keep the pressure on them because we can’t allow their speedy back line to get into any rhythm.
Marcus Spremulli will come in at full back for Rochford and Tom Bavington on the wing but otherwise the team will remain the same as the one who were narrowly beaten 27-25 by Diss last weekend.
Basildon remain one point and place above Rochford in the table and have gone five games without a win.
But they also face a real test tomorrow as they travel to fifth placed Brentwood.
In London Three North East, fourth placed South Woodham Ferrers, whose game at Old Brentwoods was postponed last Saturday, host 10th placed Canvey Island while in Essex One, Billericay are at home to Clacton.
Billericay head in to the game seventh in the standings, just a place above their visitors and, in Essex Two, sixth placed Stanford le Hope are at home to Thames, who sit third in the table.