Norwich will be looking to build on positives

Action from last weekend's cup between between Norwich and Diss

Action from last weekend's cup between between Norwich and Diss - Credit: Archant

Norwich return to league action with a trip to Epping Upper Clapton who sit four points ahead of them in London Two North but lost last weekend to South Woodham Ferrers in a rescheduled game.

With Theo Elliott still injured and Ayden Pitman unavailable, Chris Parrott remains at 10 and Robbie Bridgstock takes up the 12 position after an encouraging first ever appearance there last week.

Tom Stanley returns at 14 and Josh Wilson returns to the back row.

Coach Jonny O'Brien, whose side gave a decent account of themselves last Saturday before losing 24-3 to Diss in the Norfolk Cup, said: 'This is turning out to be a very competitive league with just nine points separating fourth and 10th position. Although we lost in the Norfolk Cup at the weekend I was pleased with the attitude. We said we wanted to attack them and we did. The difference was they took their chances and we didn't.

'Epping away will be a tough game and we must be more clinical to get a positive result. I must make a special mention of former player Jon Bugg whose help in coaching the defence has been evident in the last month.'

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Director of Rugby David Everitt added: 'Despite the result against Diss I was encouraged by the performance of the squad and we showed that we can compete against the best in our league. What we need to improve on is our concentration and finishing the scoring opportunities we create.'

Leaders Diss hit the road to take on fourth-placed Old Cooperians knowing they can afford no slip-ups with South Woodham Ferrers breathing down their necks. Their lead was cut to just five points by last Saturday's result, with the Essex side still having a game in hand, and their rivals are unlikely to slip up at the weekend, with basement outfit Campion their visitors.

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The big match in London Three North East sees third placed Southwold entertain leaders Harlow, who are currently eight points ahead of them, having played one less game. Struggling pair West Norfolk and Lowestoft and Yarmouth both travel, to Upminster and East London respectively.

In Eastern Counties One leaders Thetford host Ipswich YM while second placed Wymondham visit Colchester thirds.

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