Nothing but a win will be good enough for Bristol Sonics when they take on local rivals Gloucestershire Warriors in the final Cooperative Rugby League Conference Midlands Premier West Country derby of the 2010 season.
The Sonics need a win to keep alive their hopes of finishing second behind Minor Premiers Coventry Bears, thus guaranteeing a home draw in the semi finals of the end-of-season play-offs. Bristol currently lie in third on points difference, but with second placed Birmingham Bulldogs facing a tricky trip to Coventry tomorrow, a win would almost certainly be enough for the Sonics to secure second place in the Cooperative RLC Midlands Premier table.
Bristol coach Karl Fearnley hopes to announce a strong squad for tomorrow’s clash with Gloucestershire Warriors (Aretians RFC, kick off 2.30pm, free entry), the third game between the sides this season. The Warriors have had a season to forget, but will have their sights set on producing an upset in their final game of 2010. While Bristol have won both of the season’s previous encounters between the sides – stretching their unbeaten run in derby matches to four, still some way short of the Warriors’ record of 10 on the bounce, set between 2003 and 2008 – Gloucestershire will still provide a stern test to their play-off ambitions.
Sonics Head Coach Karl Fearnley said: “I’m expecting a tough game tomorrow. Our form has been very patchy of late, so we could do with a strong performance to take us into the