Cup winners Holt back in league action

Holt, after last weekend's impressive Woodforde's Norfolk Junior Cup win, will have to drag themselves off their pedestal when they return to Eastern Counties One action against Old Cantabs at Cambridge on Saturday.

Holt, after last weekend's impressive Woodforde's Norfolk Junior Cup win, will have to drag themselves off their pedestal when they return to Eastern Counties One action against Old Cantabs at Cambridge on Saturday.

“It is great for the club to win the cup and we did it in style, but the league is our bread and butter and I'm just hoping we can take Sunday's form into this Saturday,” said coach Chris Fletcher.

Holt makes changes, with last week's man of the match against Lowestoft & Yarmouth, back row Simon Gibbs, unavailable - he will be replaced by the capable Tom Hume, who gave a strong performance coming off the bench at the weekend and also gives Holt another lineout option.

Loosehead Tony Hudson makes the trip and will be joined by ever-present Guy Roper and Jake van Poortvliet in the front row. In the engine room it is again a toss-up between Paul Amiss and Karl Knight as to who partners Dave Hillier. In the backs, centre Jimmy Dye is back at university and new signing Adam Self will fill his shoes.


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In the same division, Beccles are at Newmarket while third-placed Lowestoft & Yarmouth will hope to keep the pressure on when they entertain Fakenham. Bottom side Thetford are away to Ipswich YM.

In Eastern Counties Two, second-placed Dereham should overcome visitors Harwich & Dovercourt, while Broadland entertain Woodbridge.

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Lakenham Hewett, in fourth, are at home to Brightlingsea when they will be hoping to overturn an away defeat earlier in the season.

This time Lakenham are able to field a much stronger team and know complacency cannot be tolerated. With Scott Squires returning to the wing, Lakenham are able to field a full-strength back line and will be looking to continue the form that has seen them score some well-worked tries over the last few matches. Stu Clark moves back into inside centre to accommodate Squires' return but otherwise the backs are unchanged.

The strong forward pack features several changes with a new-look, but experienced, second row of Andy Collinson and Kim Crossley. Steve Trickey starts at No8, with Mark Walton and George Mitchell making up the back row.

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