Friel aiming to put one over Norwich

LONDON 3NE: Norwich entertain Campion at Beeston Hyrne tomorrow afternoon hoping to add to their four consecutive victories.

The visitors, who were originally founded as the old boys of Campion School in Hornchurch, have won three and lost three so far this season, but two of those defeats came at the hands of the league pace-setters Newmarket and Basildon, whom Norwich have yet to meet.

Campion had a substantial win over Wisbech last week and are going to be no pushover, with their wheels being well oiled by former North Walsham scrum-half Phil Friel, who no doubt will be keen to put one over his old adversaries.

Norwich are able to select from a full squad, with Dougie Greenwood and Scott Hancocks in the centre, where they are forming a more than useful partnership.

Rob Micklethwaite's role at full-back will be crucial, both as an attacker from deep and for his goal-kicking. The forwards are as selected last week, with young prop Lewis Ball retaining his place in the squad.


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Last season Upminster won both games between the sides but it is L&Y who have started the stronger this time, with only one loss in six matches to sit third in the table. Upminster have struggled thus far with only one win and are currently second from bottom.

L&Y Director of Rugby Scott Nelson has decided not to make any changes to the squad that beat South Woodham Ferrers by 38 points.

'We don't see the need to change it if it's not broken, and I will be disappointed if we don't come away with the five points on offer at home this weekend,' he said.

Wymondham host South Woodham Ferrers and must claim their first ever victory over the Essex side if they wish to put their season back on track.

Experiencing their worst start to a rugby campaign since 2004, Wymondham must hope that they can begin to deliver what they promised in the pre-season build-up and trust that the injuries and absentees that have so far blighted their season will begin to ease.

Last weekend's first appearances of the season from Barry O'Sullivan, Justin Loveridge and Stewart Forton were not enough to provide Wymondham with a victory. The addition of Pena Sokia, Tom Browes and Wayne Moerdyk will further strengthen the squad and hopefully act as a catalyst to kick-start the season.

Also at home tomorrow are Wymondham II who host West Norfolk in the Merit table.

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