In-form West Norfolk aim to move one step closer to Twickenham final by progressing in Junior Vase

Crusaders, yellow and green, v West Norfolk.

Crusaders, yellow and green, v West Norfolk. - Credit: Archant

Title-chasing West Norfolk will take a break from league action tomorrow as they look to keep their dreams of reaching Twickenham alive.

The Greene King Eastern Counties Division One leaders entertain Surrey One outfit Battersea Ironsides in the fifth round of the Junior Vase.

A victory would put the North Wootton club through to the regional (London and South East) semi-finals leaving them just three matches from a match at the home of English rugby. And captain Lawrence Savage admits he hopes his team can keep up their exciting cup run.

West's skipper said: 'The game against Battersea will be an interesting contest as this is the first time they have travelled to East Anglia.

'Our league campaign is going well and we want to keep the momentum going into next week's match against Newmarket if we can. Funnily enough, there is a chance that we will end up playing each other again in the Vase as both clubs are just two wins away from making the regional finals and four from the final played at Twickenham.

'A few of the players, including myself were part of the West team who made it to the quarter-finals a few years ago and I'm sure the younger lads would love to experience the same excitement. However, there are plenty of quality teams left in the competition, so we will need to be at our best to keep progressing.'

West go into the fixture on the back of a magnificent eight-game unbeaten run, which they extended by beating Norwich Crusaders 45-19 on Saturday. The away triumph leaves Nigel Richardson's side three points clear of Newmarket who they host in a mouth-watering clash on February 8.

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West's manager said: 'It's been a while since we've won well like this away at Crusaders and it's testament to the team character how they battled against a very physical side.

'We've now prepared for our home cup match versus Battersea before focusing on the crunch league game against Newmarket the following week.'

In Eastern Counties One, Swaffham, fourth, travel to eighth-placed Southwold hoping to build on their 38-21 success over Mersea Island last time out.

Chairman Spike Milligan said: 'The game was played in a great spirit and the difference between the two teams was Swaffham's first half performance which ultimately won them the game. This was a fantastic performance by all 18 players in the squad.'

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