SOUTHEND Rugby Club have their final chance to record victory on the road in 2012 tomorrow – but they face one of the hardest tasks possible at Hartpury College.
The Seasiders have lost all 13 of their away games this year and have not won out of Essex since beating Shelford in December 2011.
But director of rugby Chris Green hopes to put that right tomorrow, despite taking on one of the league’s best sides.
“It’s 15 against 15 and while we know it’s going to be a big challenge we’re going there to try and get a result,” said Green.
“We have two games left before Christmas and our target is to win at least one of them to set us up for games in January that we see as winnable matches.”
However, Hartpury will be stern opponents for Southend.
They currently sit third in the National Two South table and have lost just two of their 13 games this term.
And Green is fully aware of the size of the task facing his side.
“Hartpury are a good team and they have a good combination of players,” said Green.
“They have some experienced people in the side who have played at a higher level, such as one of their props who has played in the Premiership.
“But they have some very talented youngsters too, thanks to their link up with the Gloucester Academy.
“That has made them a very good side and we know we’re in for an extremely hard game.
“However, I’m pleased with the progress we’ve been making just recently and the last three performances have been quite encouraging so we want to keep that going.”
Southend, who have slipped in to the relegation zone following four straight defeats, have no new injury concerns for the clash.
But they will again be without second row Lee Guess who is still suspended after being sent off at Chinnor a fortnight ago.