Wilson admits Belsize Park are highly unlikely to grab a dramatic promotion

Belsize Park's Richard Wilson. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park's Richard Wilson. Pic: Paolo Minoli - Credit: Archant

Stand-in captain Richard Wilson admits there is a “99 per cent chance” Belsize Park will miss out on promotion in London North-West Division Three this weekend, so he says the emphasis will be on just enjoying the final game.

Third-placed Belsize are level on points with Welwyn ahead of Saturday’s finale, but Welwyn sit in the second promotion spot because they have won an extra game – and it looks likely to finish that way.

Welwyn face basement boys Old Streetonians and will be expected to win comfortably with a bonus point, while BP have a tricky home game against fourth-placed Grasshoppers.

Fly-half Wilson, who has taken the armband in the absence of injured skipper Tom House, told Ham&High Sport: “We know exactly what the situation is, there’s a 99 per cent chance we’re not going to get promoted – but it gives us a chance to rebuild for next year and probably go out and win the league, which actually would be quite nice.

“We came second last year [in Herts/Middlesex Division One] and still got promoted but it would be quite nice to come back to the same league and go all-out to win it from the start, now we know what the standard is.

“We played Grasshoppers in the first game of the season and they’re a pretty decent team so a win this weekend is not at all certain either. We’ll try to have some fun and see what the end results are without really paying too much attention.”

Meanwhile, Belsize’s second XV visit Hertford’s fourth team in the Herts/Middlesex Merit Table Cup semi-final, and the third team have a league final against Kilburn while the fourth string travel to take on Biggleswade’s third team in the cup semi-final.