While Moseley begin their relegation battle at home to Plymouth on Friday night, the one that Birmingham & Solihull Bees have been waging for several months will continue at Macclesfield on the same evening.
Bees go to Priory Park tomorrow on the back of three straight wins and while they are still 15 points adrift of safety with only six games remaining, no-one at Damson Park is ready to run up the white flag.
Certainly not last week’s match-winner Dan Hawkes who, having dropped the last-minute goal that lifted his side to a 16-14 victory over Tynedale, is backing his colleagues to succeed with their great escape.
“It’s a definite possibility. We are in a position where we are in charge of what we do,” the fly-half said. “If we play poorly then we go down but if we play well, like we did against Tynedale and have done in the past few weeks, then we will be laughing, I think we will stay up.
“We could win our games and still go down but we are not looking at it like that. If we win games that’s the only thing we can do. All we are going to do is try to win and see where it takes us.”
n Old Swinford Hospital School, Stourbridge, this weekend face Worcestershire rivals King’s School, Worcester, for a place in the final of the Daily Mail RBS Under-18 Cup.
The neighbours will meet in the national semi-finals at Broadstreet, Coventry on Saturday, March 10, at 11am, with the winners progressing to a Twickenham final on April 4.
King’s, a one-term rugby school, beat Wilmslow HS 15-13 away in their quarter-final while OSH also had a narrow victory over opposition from Cheshire, beating Lymm HS at home 10-5.
n Meanwhile former Cambridge University flanker Toby Allchurch will be back at his first club Redditch on March 31 to present them with three of his England schools and youth caps. Allchurch, who went to Japan, Fiji and Tonga with the England senior squad on a non-cap tour in 1979, began his rugby career at Redditch in the 1970s before he moved on to Durham Uni, where he was noticed by the England selectors.
He won Blues at Cambridge University in 1980 and 1981 and then captained Rosslyn Park before injury curtailed his career.
Allchurch has retained a close affection for Redditch and he will be back at his first club to present them with the caps he won for England Under-15s against Wales in 1973, England Under-16s against France in 1974 and England Under-19s against Scotland in 1975.