Blues need three out of three from final games

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Kettering welcome Loughborough to Waverley Road knowing they need three wins from their remaining three games if they are to achieve a top-three finish in Midlands One East.

After an extremely difficult and disappointing run of results over the past month, Blues need to regroup.

They know they still have things in their own hands and a 100 per cent finish to the campaign will guarantee them that top-three position.

However, anything less will open the door for Ilkeston, who are level on points with Blues, ahead of the meeting between the pair next week.

Blues came out of last weekend with mixed feelings after a disappointing loss to leaders Derby in the league and an encouraging display against higher-league Ampthill in the East Midlands Cup.

They have had the week to recover and most of the squad have come through, although some will need fitness tests.

Tom Scarr is definitely out after suffering concussion against Ampthill so Kev Osborne, Shane Ling and Josh Cox form the front row while Malcolm Crooks again partners Aiden Chapman in the second row.

Tom Poole, Ben Wilson and skipper Chris Chapman again start in the back row with Ben Street on the bench.

Outside, Alex Smit is needed by Bedford Blues Academy so Joe Marsden starts at scrum-half.

Paul Sumner is back in the squad and will challenge Joe Newman and Matt Nield for a starting spot at centre while Owain Marchbank and Louis Hackett are likely to start on the wings with Joe Daniel at full-back.

Blues could also have Tom Bridgeman on the bench after making a surprise early return from injury.

The seconds and thirds are both in the fixture pool while the fourths are at Ampthill 4th and the fifths go to Old Scouts 4th.