Doncaster Knights will be relegated from the Championship if they fail to win at Bedford Blues tonight.
This evening’s rearranged fixture comes hard on the heels of Saturday’s morale-sapping 13-10 defeat at relegation rivals Jersey.
Following that reverse, Doncaster must win their final two games of the season - against Bedford tonight and at home to Plymouth Albion on Saturday - to stand any chance of pulling off a miraculous escape.
Knights have played Championship rugby for eight consecutive seasons after a remarkable run of promotions saw the club shoot through the divisions and into the professional game.
Relegation would represent a very sad, and rare, backward step for a club more accustomed to success; Knights have never been relegated in their entire history.
But club president Tony De Mulder has already spoken about his desire to make an instant return to the Championship, should the worse happen this season.
Director of rugby Clive Griffiths replaced Brett Davey in charge at Castle Park in November in the hope of guiding the Knights away from the drop zone.
But the Welshman has overseen just two league wins since returning to the club he departed in 2007, and has been unable to quell the individual errors and indiscipline that have blighted performances over the last two seasons.
Knights have won just five of their last 36 games in all competitions.
Doncaster’s task tonight is made harder because Bedford require a win to move clear of Bristol and into the fourth promotion play-off spot.