In-form West Norfolk bidding to upset Greene King Eastern Counties Division One leaders Wymondham
In-form West Norfolk's improvement will be given a stern test tomorrow when they host league leaders Wymondham.
The North Wootton outfit have moved 14 points clear of the Greene King Eastern Counties Division One drop zone by winning three of their four matches in 2013. A 47-10 win at Hadleigh further raised hopes that West will not become embroiled in a relegation dogfight. But boss Nigel Richardson admits the visit of the high-fliers will be his side's toughest test of the year so far.
He said: 'We will see how much we've improved. The lads are up for it though and there's been a really nice atmosphere around training, which is good to see.
'The lads might have been feeling the pressure a little bit over the last few weeks and we've been involved in too many pack battles. But we need to play our own game.
'I don't think Wymondham will underestimate us as we gave them a very good game at their place, especially in the second half. If we stick to our game plan, execute it, and the lads get their heads on the game from the start, I think we've got a chance of causing an upset.'
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West, eighth, lost 47-20 in the reverse fixture earlier this term and sit a huge 24 points behind Wymondham in the table.
West are set to be without RAF-pair Jake Richardson and Shaun Brundle – who has starred alongside Sammy Corlett at centre in his team's new-year renaissance.
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In London North-East Division Three, struggling Wisbech will be looking for an upturn in form as they look to banish their own ever-increasing drop fears. The Harecroft Road club lost 31-27 at home to Old Brentwoods on Saturday, their eighth straight defeat.
However, despite being seven points away from safety, Cliff Humphreys' side, 11th in the 12-team table, have a chance of picking up a precious win at Canvey Island.
Their Essex hosts sit just one place, and one point, above Wisbech in the standings and lost 25-19 when they visited Fenland earlier this term.
Humphreys said: 'Our unacceptable penalty count has cost us in the last three home games which we leading, only to press the self-destruct button. I hope all the squad players will make themselves available as an away win would do wonders for team morale.'