New-look Holt set for tough London 2NE challenge

Chelmsford and Holt players had to plough through the mud when they last met. Picture: STUART YOUNG

Chelmsford and Holt players had to plough through the mud when they last met. Picture: STUART YOUNG - Credit: Archant

Game eight of the London 2NE season, just four away from the halfway point, sees fourth from bottom Holt travel to second from top Chelmsford.

The hosts are unbeaten at home since February which, coincidentally, was the last time that Holt played at Coronation Park.

On that occasion the visitors scraped home 5-10 in a game that resembled bog snorkeling rather than rugby when the Chelmsford pitch was virtually waterlogged.

Conditions this season will be more conducive to open rugby and that should suit both teams better.

Holt, who have lost five of their seven matches so far, will have a much changed side from the one that lost to Enfield Ignatians two weeks ago.

Adam Loane and Jack Brewer start together for the first time this season in the centre, fly-half Josh Simmons also returns and Stuart Moyse wins his first start of the season, having been on the bench for his previous outings.

Chelmsford start strong as favourites given their home form and with the slope offering a distinct home advantage Holt will need to be at their best to repeat last season's heroics. But North Norfolk's All Blacks have two away victories to their name already this season and will be aiming to spring an upset.

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Holt Owls host high-flying Diss Saracens who have lost just once in seven outings and that was to league leaders Dereham.

Phil Davies's side will find it tough tomorrow but with home advantage and a strong backline selected following on from a powerful performance against Wymondham last weekend an upset could be on the cards.

With players now starting to come back from injury plus a couple of new signings the squad is starting to gel and should start to record more victories as a result.

Diss III are also visiting Holt and this again could prove competitive with the Diss outfit occupying the highest spot in the league for a third XV. However, home advantage once again could prove vital. In earlier games both teams have conceded over 40 points away at Beccles but both recorded comfortable wins over Broadland on home turf so a lot will depend on who is available.

Last weekend Steve Tagg's team travelled to UEA only for the game to be cancelled and the fixture will now be recorded as a draw.