Norwich determined to hit back

Friday, November 23, 2012
4:16 PM

Following a below par performance last week at Canvey Island, Norwich will be looking to get things back on track tomorrow as they host Sudbury.

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The visitors will be confident after a comprehensive win over Wisbech but Norwich will be encouraged by the return to the side of Mike Hindle, Dougie Greenwood, Mark Fernie, Ross Adnitt and Jonny O’Brien, giving the side a much stronger and balanced look than has been the case of late courtesy of injuries, illness and unavoidable absenteeism through work.

Following some good training sessions there is a bullish mood in the camp and a determination to consign last week’s game to a distant memory and move forward. A good result will be particularly important as Norwich will then have a week off before the big task of taking on Wisbech on their home turf followed by the new leaders Beccles in the final game before Christmas.

The two sides meet at Gatehouse Lane tomorrow, with Wisbech looking to bounce back from last week’s 48-15 drubbing and Beccles on a high after moving to the top of the table after beating Upminster 31-24 at Beef Meadow to register a fifth straight league win.

• In Eastern Counties League One top of the table Wymondham are also on a roll and will be aiming for a seventh league win on the trot when they entertain Woodbridge (2).

Wymondham had to fight hard for victory at Hadleigh last week and Woodbridge did the same earlier in the season so the tow teams could be closely matched.

Woodbridge are sixth in the league at present but this is a false position as they have a game in hand.

Long term injuries to Ed Hodgeson, Rob King, plus the short term injury to Roko and the unavailability of Chris Miller, Josh Mickleburgh and Harry Alexander-Brown means changes have to be made but it is good to see Josh Wright return to the side from injury to take the captaincy back from the admirable Steve Simms. Jim Kelly will come in for this fixture in the front row.

There is a Norfolk derby at Little Melton, with Crusaders playing host to West Norfolk. The hosts are currently going well, with five wins from eight leaving them in third position, while West are four points behind them after struggling on the road so far this season.

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