Norwich looking to rediscover some form at Romford & Gidea Park
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After an enforced week off, Norwich travel to Romford & Gidea Park in London Two North East tomorrow needing to get their season back on track after some mixed performances of late.
The squad have lost their last two league games to Sudbury and Ipswich, with a cup defeat against Charlton Park also thrown into the mix, and need to find their way back to winning ways.
Through unavailability, the squad travel this week without two of the Micklethwaite brothers, Dave and Rob, Ryan Bigland and Peter Hosking plus Mike Lawton, who is still injured.
Paul Micklethwaite moves to his brother's position at seven and Josh Wilson replaces him at six. The adaptable Laurence Austin moves from eight to 13 to cover for Lawton and Pip Scott replaces Hosking at tight head. Jack Walsh takes over at eight.
Prop Charlie Jefferies makes his first XV debut, having come through the Colts set-up and having put in some good performances recently for the Lions.
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Conditions at Romford are anticipated to be very heavy after the melt water and with more rain added to it this week. Norwich will have to show the same level of grit and determination that they displayed against Diss in similar conditions a few weeks ago, when they beat higher ranked opposition in the Norfolk Senior Cup.
'I'm hoping the cancelled fixture last weekend will have a positive impact on the players,' said coach Jonny O'Brien as his side prepared for a fixture against a side 21 points below them in sixth. 'In the last few games we've lacked energy whilst our confidence has been knocked as a result. The players are working hard during training to turn it around. Romford and Gidea Park will be a stern test and we'll have to be at our best to get the win.'
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A thrilling battle for the London Three Eastern Counties title is set to resume tomorrow with Southwold at home to Thetford and Stowmarket at lowly Newmarket. The Suffolk rivals are level on 66 points with five matches left to play.
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