Norwich know improvement is required

Norwich travel to South Woodham Ferrers in London 3NE knowing that a repeat of their indifferent performance against Campion is extremely unlikely to secure victory.

Inconsistency has dogged Norwich's season so far, despite having the players necessary to compete at the top of this league. On a more positive note, the injury blight appears to be drawing to a close with Chris Sawford back, bringing his skill and experience to scrum half and Paul Micklethwaite returning to the bench having been injured since the opening game of the season. There are also encouraging signs that Snowling and Swanborough are soon to follow them, possibly as early as next week.

Tom Lloyd and Jordi Walker make a return to the squad and are reported by the coaches to have had excellent games for the Lions last week along with Micklethwaite.

With Rob Micklethwaite injured in training, Jonny Wheater returns to fly-half, allowing Jonny O'Brien to resume his fullback duties.

Ives, Atkinson and Cartwright are unavailable but veteran George Pope is back in the squad after a typically committed game against Datchworth, meaning that the squad is light on neither ability nor power.


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• Wymondham venture into Essex for the first time this season to take on a strong looking Harlow side. Harlow sit second in the League having lost just one of their six matches and that was last week when table-toppers Holt ran out convincing winners.

The Wymondham camp will not be underestimating the size of their task as there is no doubt that Harlow will have been stung by their first defeat and will be looking to bounce back in front of their home support.

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There is, however, a growing belief amongst the players and coaches that, on their day, Wymondham can be a match for any team in this league and confidence is high.

The selectors will, by and large, rely on the players who ended up narrowly beating Sudbury last week but flying winger David Martin is a doubt, having received a further blow in the face to add to that he received the previous week. Nigel Brown returns to the front row.

Finchley, who beat Wymondham in the RFU Senior Vase, fielded an ineligible player and Wymondham have therefore been reinstated and will now host Newmarket in the next round on November 5.

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