Greene King Eastern Counties Division One West Norfolk ready to kick-start title tilt

Friday, January 3, 2014
7:34 AM

West Norfolk are aiming to reignite their Greene King Eastern Counties Division One title challenge at Ipswich YM tomorrow.

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Nigel Richardson’s troops went into the winter break just two points behind Newmarket and are nicely positioned for a new year push to win the championship. That gets underway in Suffolk when rugby returns this weekend and captain Lawrence Savage admits his men know they are about to embark on a pivotal period in their campaign.

He said: “We’ve had a tremendous first half of the season and full credit should go to the players and coaching team for all the hard work they’ve put in to get us to this point.

“However, we now have a crucial few weeks coming up, but it all starts with an important away fixture at Ipswich YM. We’ve had some tough encounters at their place over recent years, but I believe that we will continue to succeed, as long as the guys keep putting the work in.

“The league title is still very much in our hands, with home fixtures against Ely and Newmarket coming up in the new year. Nevertheless, we will focus on one game at a time and if we get the performance right as a team, I’m a great believer in the score taking care of itself.”

West beat Ipswich 36-22 in the reverse fixture at Gatehouse Lane and have only lost once in the league this term. They are seven points clear of third-placed Ely.

YM sit fifth in the 11-team table and have shown they can mix it with the big boys by pushing each of the top three all the way in their respective clashes this term.

West went into the Christmas period on the back of a morale-boosting 41-24 home win over fierce rivals Swaffham. They defeated team, in their first term at EC One, are sixth and just two points behind West’s weekend opponents. And while they went into their festive break on the back of a defeat, chairman Ian Milligan was proud of his men’s display against West.

He told his club’s website: “The Britmindo man of the match was Ed Jones. However, credit must go to the whole team for a stand up performance. Coming from 14-0 down after 10 minutes was a testament to the boys.”

Swaffham will be looking to return to winning ways tomorrow when they entertain basement boys Broadland - Great Yarmouth.

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