Norwich aim to complete double over Woodford as league action returns

Conan Hoey touches down for Norwich in their final match before the festive break, a 59-7 home win o

Conan Hoey touches down for Norwich in their final match before the festive break, a 59-7 home win over Cantabrigian. Picture: Andy Micklethwaite - Credit: Archant

Norwich return to London Two North East action with a trip to Woodford tomorrow, a place where they narrowly lost last season in circumstances where they should have won.

Following a 59-7 home victory over Cantabrigian ahead of the Christmas break, Norwich go into 2018 fourth in the table.

Director of rugby, David Everitt, said: 'After the long holiday break it was pleasing to see that the squad were ready for a hard training session on Tuesday where the coaches put them through their paces. It can be difficult to refocus when we have not played for three weeks but the signs are that they are up for the game.

'Woodford have not had the best of seasons so far but are always a difficult team to beat at home and we will need to ready for a backlash from them, having beaten them at Beeston Hyrne (26-18). The ground will be heavy underfoot and our forwards will need to control possession and get on the front-foot to allow our backs to come into play if we are to come away with a win.'

Coach, Jonny O'Brien, added: 'I'm looking forward to getting back to league action. We started to build some really positive momentum before the break but we can't rely on our home form in the second half of the campaign due to playing more games away than at home.

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'This needs to start this week. We won't be underestimating Woodford as any away game in this league is tough.'

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What appears to be a two-horse race for the London Three Eastern Counties title resumes tomorrow with Stowmarket and Southwold both facing away matches against mid-table opposition.

Stowmarket, who lead the way on points difference only, travel to Wisbech while Southwold visit a Wymondham team who have blown hot and cold this season, winning six games and losing six.

Fourth placed Holt, now 12 points adrift of the top two, entertain Thetford, the side immediately below them, while at the foot of the table, second from bottom Crusaders travel to Newmarket, who are just a point above them.

Elsewhere, West Norfolk are at Woodbridge and Lowestoft & Yarmouth continue their search for a first win of the campaign at home to Ely.

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