Norwich need a win against Harlow to stay in rugby’s London 3NE promotion race

Norwich entertain second placed Harlow at Beeston Hyrne tomorrow knowing that nothing else than a win is going to keep them in the promotion race.

The win at Sudbury last week was all very well but playing against a side reduced to 14 men for almost three quarters of the game Norwich should have at least got a bonus point out of that contest.

It is hoped that with Ross Adnitt returning at No 8 and the return of Paul Micklethwaite from injury, even though he may well start on the bench, Norwich will add to the zest which appeared to be lacking at the start of last week's game.

Chris Parrott, who had a promising debut at fly-half last week, may start again, partnered by Jo Srokowski at scrum half, fresh from the Leicester Academy. Unfortunately promising centre Jordi Walker is sidelined with abdominal pains which have required a visit to the hospital for further investigation.

Captain Jonny Wheater continues in the centre with Dougie Greenwood which means that in the middle of the park not a great deal will get past them but they will have to look after the inexperienced Parrott inside them.


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• While Wymondham will have taken some comfort from their display against table-toppers Holt, they will be only too aware that they have some tough matches between now and the end of the season.

Tomorrow brings another foray into Essex when the Red and Blacks face Upminster who, a few weeks ago, became the only side this season to beat Holt.

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The lower reaches of the table are becoming increasingly congested, with only four points separating the four teams immediately above the relegation zone, and Wymondham will be trying their hardest to avoid being sucked into the dog fight.

The away side will need to be at their sharpest to come away with anything from this match and will also need to be aware of the tactics necessary to counteract the infamous slope which sees the pitch fall away steeply at one corner.

For the first time this season, both coaches may figure in the team with Loveridge looking set for a place in the backs and Turner occupying a back row berth while influential second rower Josh Wright will face a late fitness test.

Winger David Martin is gradually stepping up his training after a nasty hip injury and may make a return to first team action as a replacement while young scrum-half Anderson-Brown is also in contention.

• Having swiftly got back to winning ways against Wymondham, Holt will be aiming to take another step towards a second successive promotion when they play host to Sudbury tomorrow.

The following week Holt are at nearest rivals Harlow but there is no way the players will be allowed to let their minds drift to that tough trip.

'When you are in a position like ours you really do need to take it one game at a time,' said joint coach Ed Steed.

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