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Resurgent Newbury ready for Hill test

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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CONEY Hill will come up against a rejuvenated Newbury at Metz Way tomorrow in South West One East.

The Berkshire outfit's five-division drop from the Championship has been well documented and they looked set to continue their plight this season after winning just two of their opening 13 fixtures.

But in the last five games the Blues have won three out of five including against fourth placed Swindon and Hill's Gloucestershire rivals Cheltenham last week.

However, that has not been enough for Newbury to stay away from danger as they currently occupy the last remaining slot in the drop zone and sit nine points off safety.

In kicker Jack Mugridge, Newbury possess one of the division's top marksmen after booting 20 conversions and eight penalties so far.

The Gloucester side have been suffering from problems of their own in the kicking department after spurning a number of chances to take the spoils against Marlow last week. Hill narrowly went down 20-18 away from home with all three of their tries failing to be converted with the margin for defeat highlighting the need for accuracy.

The Metz Way men suffered the same problem two weeks previously against High Wycombe, despite winning 39-5, with a lack of an established kicker meaning conversions went begging.

That Marlow reverse ended a run of three consecutive victories for Coney Hill with last week's losing bonus point taking them level on points with fifth-placed Salisbury and just five points behind Swindon.

History is on the side of Chris Hall's side though with his team enjoying a 24-17 win against Newbury earlier in the season.

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