Norwich aim to keep up good work
LONDON 3NE/3CL: Norwich's director of rugby David Everett has the luxury of being able to select the same squad of 18 players that won away at Bancroft last week.
The visitors to Beeston Hyrne tomorrow are South Woodham Ferrers from Essex, who are 25 years old this season. Not much is known at Norwich about the visitors but they had a good home win last week against Wisbech, winning 31-3, so the hosts – with successive wins behind them – could be in for a tough afternoon.
What is essential is that Norwich use the ball they win and not give it straight back to the opposition having worked so hard to win it. Also full back Rob Mickelthwaite's continued improvement in the goal kicking department will be all important, as will his counter attacking skills in broken play.
The Lions are away to West Norfolk II while the A team and the Extra A are at home to Wymondham III and Lakenham II respectively.
• Lowestoft host bottom side Bancroft tomorrow and will be looking to build on last weekend's derby triumph over Wymondham.
While Bancroft have not had the best start to this league campaign, their four defeats have all been competitive affairs.
Lowestoft director of rugby Scott Nelson has opted not to make any changes to the starting XV but has decided to give Kyle Hallam and David Palmer full games for the second XV, who travel to UEA for a Merit match.
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This means the only change is to the bench, with Jan Scheijde and Daniel Boardley moving up to provide the cover.
Captain Marc Thomas said: 'I was very pleased to come away with five points from Wymondham and the forwards really stepped their game up with excellent performances. I fully expect the same this weekend.'
• Wymondham make their first trip of the season into Essex tomorrow to face high-flyers Wanstead, who have lost just once, to table topping Basildon last weekend.
Wymondham continue to be blighted by injuries with Wayne Moerdyk joining virtually a full squad who currently cannot play. Wanstead on the other hand have had a terrific start to their season already beating Lowestoft and Norwich, both victors over Wymondham.
Wanstead will also want to avenge their heaviest defeat in five seasons after Wymondham trounced them 50-6 at the end of last season and the beleaguered Red & Blacks will be hard pushed to get a positive result.
• In Eastern Counties One Holt entertain old rivals Woodbridge.
The squad remains similar to last week and it is hoped another good performance will see the Owls notch up their first home points of the season. In the pack Andy Daniels Chris Hill and Jake van Poortvliet are all available, with Liam Cooper and Ross Filby also in the mix.
'It was a good win away last week but we are still way off the performance levels that I know we are capable of,' said coach Ed Steed. ' Woodbridge have not had the best of starts but always seem to up the ante when they play us.'