Rosslyn Park keep pace with the Knights, but time is running out
Rosslyn Park head coach Alex Codling reckons the final five minutes of Saturday's 32-10 win over Coventry encapsulated everything about their season.
The win keeps Park second National League One, four points behind leaders Doncaster Knights - who beat Wharfedale 57-17 - with two games remaining.
Park were forced to make changes from the side that toppled Doncaster at Priory Lane the previous week with injuries to two first-choice locks, Richard Boyle and James Inglis, and to first-choice prop Alex McKenzie.
Flanker Tom Baldwin – himself coming back from a long period of injury – was drafted into the second row and Codling also gave a start to England U20 player Alex Lundberg, whose performance underlined what a talent the teenager is.
Codling said: "I was very proud of the performance on Saturday. The Doncaster game took a huge amount out of the boys and to beat an experienced Coventry side by 32-10 was an outstanding effort.
“If you ever wanted to get a feel for how hard the boys work for each other, the way they defended their try line with five minutes to go and with the game already won epitomises what this special group of players are all about.
“This week we are away at Hull Ionians who, despite already being relegated, will be a big test as highlighted by their recent victory at home to Fylde."
Park need to bag maximum points from their last two matches and hope that Doncaster drop four points in their last two games.
While Park play away to basement club Hull Ionians this coming weekend, the Knights have a tough assignment at Coventry.
After this weekend, both title-chasers have no match over the Easter weekend and then, on the final weekend of the season, the destiny of the title will be decided in south London.
Rosslyn Park are home to Cinderford, while Doncaster visit Blackheath.
Codling will be hoping that Inglis and McKenzie will be fit to re-join the squad for this weekend, but Richard Boyle suffered a collapsed lung in the Doncaster match and will not play again this season.
However, the injury did not stop him turning up to shout on his mates last Saturday and it is that team spirit that has brought Park so close to winning promotion.
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