Norwich's chance to steer clear of the drop

Norwich can avoid relegation this weekend - as long as they can beat Chelmsford at Beeston Hyrne. The city side have two fixtures remaining in London League Division Two North-East, and the final one is a difficult trip to league champions Thurrock.

Norwich can avoid relegation this weekend - as long as they can beat Chelmsford at Beeston Hyrne.

The city side have two fixtures remaining in London League Division Two North-East, and the final one is a difficult trip to league champions Thurrock.

Chelmsford are one place and four points below Norwich with nine points, but they have a game in hand - so should Norwich win they will ensure that they finish outside the bottom two.

Both sides come off a loss from last weekend, with Norwich falling to Colchester 47-27 and Chelmsford losing to Thurrock 19-5.


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This promises to be a very hard-fought encounter as the two teams both need a victory.

When they met just before Christmas the Norwich side were guilty of giving Chelmsford a lead and then trying to play catch-up rugby, which ended up in a 22-19 loss.

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The coaches have been keen to emphasise the importance of putting the pressure on early and there has been a lot of good work done on the training ground which will hopefully ensure a strong finish to the campaign.

The selectors have picked an enlarged squad which will be honed down after training.

Both the forwards and the backs have a settled look, with only Clark Hindle regaining his scrum-half position at the expense of Dan Evans.

Ewan Wilson is available and has provided a solid performance each time he has appeared this season, but the centre partnership of John Lenihan and Dougie Greenwood has been gelling well so there will be a battle for the starting berth. Paul Micklethwaite scored his debut first team try against Chelmsford in December and will be desperate to get on the score sheet again.

The seconds have a league game away against West Norfolk.

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