LONDON 3NE: Norwich must win at Campion to keep promotion hopes alive
Norwich travel to Campion tomorrow knowing that only a win will do if they are to maintain a realistic hope of gaining promotion.
A victory in Essex could conceivably take Norwich into the top two, with second-placed Harlow – currently four points better off – taking on runaway leaders Holt.
Campion may be third from bottom in the table but they are no mugs on their own patch, having struggled to win there last season. Back in September Norwich only just beat them 17-13 at Beeston Hyrne.
There is a question mark about who is to play at scrum-half as Joe Srowkowski is involved with Eastern Counties on Sunday and Chris Sawford is only just coming back from injury, not having played since before Christmas.
Josh Ives, now selected as hooker, may have to fill in. A final decision was being made after last night's training.
Simon Atkinson is picked at open side with Matt Cartwright on the bench. The back division otherwise is the same as last week, with Chris Parrott retained at fly-half. In the forwards veteran George Pope adds his weight in the front row.
Holt head in Harlow in good heart, having made it 14 wins in 15 league matches last week with a hard-fought victory over Sudbury.
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The Owls , currently 13 points ahead of their nearest rivals, know another victory would make them extremely difficult to catch, with just six matches left to play after this weekend.
Wymondham travel to Sudbury looking for the points that would go a long way to ending any lingering relegation worries.
The table suggests a close game, with both sides having taken 29 points from 15 fixtures and separated only by points difference.