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Friday, February 15, 2013
Norwich are gearing themselves up for two consecutive away fixtures in London 3NE, the first being at Old Brentwoods tomorrow and the second being a crunch game against promotion challengers Wanstead.
It is getting a bit hackneyed to keep stating that each game is a ‘must-win’ but that is the reality in this tight league.
Last week’s win against East London will have given Norwich a few things to work on in training and they know they will have to step up several gears to defeat Old Brentwoods on their home turf. The pressure and expectations of a big win against East London seemed to weigh heavily on the team and the play tended to be somewhat rushed as players tried to force the pace in pursuit of the vital bonus point win.
They eventually relaxed and found the formula to let their strengths win through. No such pressure will be felt this week as everyone expects that this will be a hard fought and exciting game.
Norwich have not played at Old Brentwoods before but they do know that the opposition have a well balanced side and they will need precision and patience to break them down.
Centres Dougie Greenwood and Jordi Walker return to the squad in place of wing Toby Neill and utility back Neil Dunleavey, both of whom are unavailable.
Also in London 3NE mid-table Beccles are at home to Sudbury, who are two places and five points below them.
In Divison 1N Diss face a daunting challenge when they travel south to take on an Eton Manor side who are currently second in the table.
Phil Sharpe’s side went down to a narrow defeat at the hands of Brentwood last week but there were plenty of positives to take from the game and the coach will be looking for another good performance tomorrow.
Eastern Counties Division One leaders Wymondham will be looking to keep up the momentum with a tricky game at West Norfolk. The hosts are are mid-table in the league but have won three out of their last four games. The local rivalry cannot be taken lightly and this will be another stiff test. Wymondham will want to keep the pressure on Ipswich YM, who are breathing down their necks in second, and a close game is in prospect.
Crusaders face the long trip to Harwich and Dovercourt.