Norwich need character to bounce back

LONDON 2NE: Norwich have a difficult, but far from impossible, task this week. They have to overcome the disappointment of seeing another winnable game slip away from them last week at Ipswich and also find the inner strength to beat Romford & Gidea Park, who currently lie fifth in the league, six places above Norwich.

Norwich have a difficult, but far from impossible, task this week.

They have to overcome the disappointment of seeing another winnable game slip away from them last week at Ipswich and also find the inner strength to beat Romford & Gidea Park, who currently lie fifth in the league, six places above Norwich.

The Norwich players are a tight group and will know that they need to eradicate the errors in their game and if they can do that the squad has more than enough talent to start winning games and move into a more comfortable league position.

Last week's defeat at Ipswich also resulted in a nasty ankle injury to captain Sam Turner who has spent the week in hospital. This has fortunately coincided with the return of John Bugg, who replaces Turner in the back row.


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Stalwart prop Joe Riches is also unavailable due to injury and Andy Wright is drafted into the squad to join John Snowling, Aaron Swanborough and Tom Whiskins as the front row representatives.

The rest of the squad remains the same and competition is high with pressure coming from the second team players, who had a comprehensive victory over Crusaders last week.

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Simon Vavasour sustained a calf injury at Crusaders and he is replaced for the second team's game against Diss III by the returning Stuart Southgate who, after weeks away from the game, will be straining at the leash to play again.

The seconds are boosted by the availability of Sean Gardiner and Simon Atkinson in the back row and will be looking to make amends for the defeat by Diss III earlier in the season. The two teams are currently battling for supremacy at the top of the league with North Walsham's third team. Rob Micklethwaite had an excellent game at fly-half last week and will be aiming to continue in the same vein.

The third team are also at home, against Crusaders III.

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