BROMSGROVE will be aiming to maintain their fine record over Saturday's rivals Derby at Finstall Park and kick-start their top three aspirations in Midlands One.

Despite the Boars' clash away at Longton on Saturday being called off because of a waterlogged pitch, Bromsgrove remain within touching distance of the top three.

While they cannot catch leaders Leicester Lions, third placed Dunstablians are not out of reach.

And they tackle a Derby side whom they defeated on the final day of last season to seal their place in Midlands One. Bromsgrove also beat them 16-9 earlier in the season.

Fly-half Matt Birch is still a doubt for the match after the recurrence of his back injury, but otherwise director of coaching Dean Ball has a full strength squad.

Meanwhile, Droitwich's director of rugby Julian Bailey has not given up on turning around their terrible season despite suffering a 27-5 defeat to Bedworth at the Glynn Mitchell Memorial Ground last Saturday.

The coach is confident that there are a few twists and turns left in the Midlands Three West (South) season which could help Spa move off the bottom of the table.

He said: "There are a lot of games to go and I think there are one or two surprises left in this division.

"We still believe there's a slim chance of getting out of our situation."

Droitwich are still struggling with injuries and the influential Gareth Knight is set to miss Saturday's match away at Silhillians.

Jethro Tedman is set to keep his place in the side after returning for the Bedworth game.


Midlands One: Bromsgrove v Derby, Luctonians v Longton.

Midlands Two (West): Newbold v Malvern.

Midlands Three West (North): Willenhall v Kidderminster Carolians.

Midlands Three West (South): Ledbury v Old Yardleians, Pershore v Hereford, Silhillians v Droitwich.

Midlands Four (West) South: Old Halesonians v Evesham, Southam v Worcester Wanderers.

North Midlands (South) One: Birmingham Exiles v Upton.

North Midlands (South) Two: Bromyard v Tenbury, Clee v Greyhound, Stourport v Chaddesley Corbett.