AN already difficult campaign for Worcester in the Regional 2 Midlands West shows no signs of letting up this weekend as league leaders Newent come to town. 

The visitors have played nine, won nine so far in the 2023/24 season and are nine points clear at the top of the table. Six of their victories have also come with a try bonus-point, including last weekend's 43-14 win over Hereford. 

Newent boast a +147 points difference and are averaging over 30 points-per-game whilst having only conceded 133.

As for Worcester, they have lost eight of their nine matches so far, with their only win coming against bottom-of-the-table and winless Berkswell & Balsall. 

But they have come extremely close to reversing some of those defeats. They missed out by a single point at home against Cheltenham, which was followed by a 21-19 home defeat to Ludlow.

They were involved in a high-scoring affair as Moseley Oak last Saturday, eventually losing out 43-28, in which they did manage to secure a try bonus-point for getting over the line four times. 

Elsewhere in the league, second-placed Silhillians host Malvern whilst Berkswell host Shipston on Stour and Stow on the Wold go to Ludlow. Hereford welcome Stratford Upon Avon and Moseley Oak face Cheltenham.

But it is not just the men's first team in action this weekend, as four senior sides will take to the field in the blue and gold.

The men's 2XV will be looking to bounce back from the heavy defeat to Kenilworth last time out when they went down 43-10.

On Sunday, The Worcester RFC Women will be making the trip to Buckingham Swans Ladies looking for what would be their first win of the season.

They have suffered five defeats from five but have, like the men's side, have come close in a couple of those matches and will be hoping to turn a good performance into a victory. 

Also on Sunday, the Women's Mixed Ability side will be taking on both Shrewsbury & Five Ways Old Eds at home.