Three sides are tied on 17 pts at the top of U15 Hampshire Division I, with Jersey leading the way with a massive points difference of 198, but the Division I crown will go to the victors of the late-season head-to-heads, with Jersey’s final match against third-placed Havant on 27 April.
All three sides are currently unbeaten, with Havant and Winchester having drawn 10-10 in their earlier meeting, while Jersey were held away to Trojans.
Jersey certainly have the toughest programme – this is only their second home game of the season – and will almost certainly need to win both matches as Winchester and Havant’s other remaining fixtures pit them against the bottom two. But they do have the massive advantage of a hugely superior points difference – 55 plus on Winchester and 93 on Havant. Havant, however, could close that gap as they play Alton tomorrow, and they have conceded a staggering 135 points against Winchester and Jersey alone.
Points difference would be used to determine the title winners in the event of a tie. But a draw against Winchester could leave Jersey slightly vulnerable, with the currently second-placed side hosting bottom club Vectis from the Isle of Wight in their final match, also on 27 April.
Led by Ashburton coach Barry George, Jersey have a dynamic style, with a impressively mobile pack winning quick ball for a strong-running back division, so fingers will be crossed for good conditions tomorrow.
The club won their first Hampshire trophy last season when the U18s lifted the county cup, but with the Academy only joining the leagues a few season’s ago – at under-14, 15 and 16 level – lifting a championship would be a great feather in their cap.
The match kicks-off at 2.30 pm.