Greene King Eastern Counties Division One title-challengers West Norfolk get back to action


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West Norfolk aim to hit the ground running as they look to reignite their Greene King Eastern Counties Division One title challenge.

Nigel Richardson's troops haven't played since February 15 and have slipped to second in the table with Newmarket moving two points clear thanks to a nervy 17-16 win over Harwich & Dovercourt at the weekend.

The North Wootton outfit's players return to action tomorrow at home against struggling Broadland - Great Yarmouth and captain Lawrence Savage admits he and his team-mates can't wait to get back out on the field of play.

'Naturally, the lads have been a bit frustrated to not have had a game for the past couple of weeks,' said West's skipper.

'On the flip side, the time has given us a chance to get a bit more training in and allowed some of the players carrying niggling injuries to recover. Obviously, a lot of people are now eyeing the rearranged Newmarket fixture where we will be hosting them on the March 15, but we know that we need to be focused on this weekend first.

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'Broadland have caused a lot of teams problems this season and we have no doubt they will arrive with a strong squad. However, I believe that all the hard work being put in by the players will pay off and, as long as we play to our own game, we will be in a position to control the outcome.

'I know we have the ability to dominate for the full 80 minutes if the guys stay focused. We want to reclaim that top spot.'

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West – who have lost just one league game this season, to Newmarket, – have only five matches left of what's been a fantastic campaign. Their main title rivals host Mersea Island this weekend.

Elsewhere in EC One, Swaffham, fifth, who have just four games left, travel to third-placed Ely. The promoted side go into the fixture off the back of a thrilling 17-15 home victory over Ipswich YM.

A wonder try from Jordan Mustard, a near 80-metre dash, helped seal his team's win and racked up a landmark achievement for him this season.

The club's Twitter feed posted a message after the game which read: 'Massive congratulation to @JordanMustard who hit 100 points for the season yesterday with 20th try. Outstanding try yesterday.'

Swaffham beat the outside bet for the championship in the reverse fixture 21-17.

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