Norwich will have a point to prove as they return to Beeston Hyrne
PUBLISHED: 16:35 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:35 09 November 2017
After a disappointing performance at Wanstead last weekend, Norwich will be aiming to get their London 2NE campaign back on track at home to Romford & Gidea Park on Saturday.
They will be looking to hit back by preserving their unbeaten home record with a convincing performance, despite being several front line players short.
Dave Micklethwaite returns to the squad having been unavailable last week but Jonny Payne has joined Nathan Wilson and Nick Austin on the injury list.
Speedster Mike Lawton and fly-half Theo Elliott are unavailable so the back line is rearranged, with Chris Parrott at 10 and Conan Hoey moving to full-back.
Looking ahead to the meeting with seventh-placed Romford, director of rugby David Everitt said: “After that below-par performance, the players owe it to the club and themselves to put it behind them and, on home turf, show everyone the talent that they clearly have. Last week, the early loss of Jonny Payne and Paul Micklethwaite, a lack of desire to control the contact area and individual mistakes cost us dearly. But I am sure that will be put right.”
Coach Jonny O’Brien added: “Learning from our mistakes is vital. The real frustration is we didn’t do ourselves justice at Wanstead.
“Coaches and players have had an honest meeting and we’re looking forward to getting back on the pitch to put in a performance we can all be proud of.”
Match of the day in London Eastern Counties Three tomorrow is at Two Mile Bottom, with fourth-placed Thetford are playing host to leaders Southwold.
Thetford will be aiming to get back to winning ways after being held to a 19-19 draw at lowly Crusaders last week while their visitors should be in good heart after a 35-3 win over West Norfolk that was completed without a single point from the boot.
Holt, who are on a run of seven straight wins, including one concession, could go top with a victory over Crusaders at Bridge Road if other results went their way.
Elsewhere, Wymondham, beaten 22-13 at home by Holt last week, visit Woodbridge and Wisbech host Lowestoft & Yarmouth.