SOUTHEND Saxons centre Callum Smith is expecting the toughest game of the season when Harpenden visit Warners Bridge this weekend.

Harpenden are currently third in the London One North standings.

And Smith knows they be difficult to beat.

 “I’m expecting probably the toughest game of the season this Saturday,” said Smith.

“Harpenden are a class outfit who are trying to cement top four and we’re chasing them.

“They’ve got a couple of big ball carriers and we’ll have to nullify them for the whole 80 minutes if we’re to stand a chance.

“But if we stick to processes and are aggressive in defence, then it’s all to play for.”

Fifth placed Southend sit eight points behind fourth placed Colchester with just two games to go.

But Smith is only thinking about Saturday’s game.

“I’m personally not thinking too much about top the top four despite it being on everyone at the club’s mind,” said Smith.

“It’s just another game that we have to play well in.

“If we do that, then we give ourselves an outside chance of making top four.”

However, Smith feels it has been a season of progress wherever Southend finish up.

“Whatever happens, it’s been a good positive step forward this season with a strong foundation to build on for next season,” he added.