Norwich have injury problems to overcome

Norwich travel to Sudbury tomorrow knowing that the chasing pack are snapping at their heels and with some significant injury problems to overcome.

Those that have been watching the league this year may be wondering why Sudbury are third from bottom of the table, because they are are a far better team than their position suggests, and always a tough prospect on home turf. Evidence of this can be found in their defeats of Wanstead and Cantabrigian.

The visitors' task has been made more difficult with injuries to key players. Prop Peter Hosking is probably out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury and Scott Hancocks is out long-term with damage to a knee that has already seen surgery. Influential full back Jonny Wheater missed last week's game with a rib injury and may not be fit for this weekend. If this is so, his place will be taken by Toby Neill.

Dave Micklethwaite has recovered from the neck injury that caused him problems for most of last week's game. The slight re-jigging of the team sees Nick Austin and Dougie Greenwood paired in the centres and the side is otherwise the same as last week. Norwich know they will have to perform better than they did in the scrappy game against Canvey Island if they are to win this match which is crucial for both teams for quite different reasons.

Meanwhile, Beccles entertain a Wisbech side who have given them-selves a good chance of avoiding the drop by winning their last two games.


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