Oakes set to start against bottom side

Lowestoft & Yarmouth hope to impose their superiority on bottom side Bancrofts when they travel to Essex tomorrow.

Despite their lowly position, Bancrofts have picked up nine bonus points this season and in the reverse fixture at Gunton Park earlier in the season they racked up 16 points in the first 15 minutes, before losing 50-16.

L&Y have had a great start to the new year with both their league fixtures bringing maximum points. The only change to the squad that blew Wymondham away last week is Simon Coleman taking a bench spot and Ryan Oakes getting his first start of the season. Oakes, after a short spell at North Walsham, starts in place of the unavailable Callum Cashman and will be looking to impress in the engine room.

First-team manager Matt Jary said: 'We were worried at the start of this campaign about our strength in depth in the important position of second row, but at the moment we have four guys fighting for the two shirts on offer.

'With the squad back to full strength and some lads missing out on a first-team spot, it has only helped our second XV who recorded a good win against Southwold last week, so it all bodes well for the future.'

• Norwich travel to South Woodham Ferrers in Essex with powerful centre Scott Hancocks returning.

Director of rugby David Everett has picked a large squad as a number of players are carrying niggling injuries. He intended to pick his starting line-up after training last night. The home side are sixth in the league, two places below Norwich who will not be taking this fixture lightly, despite a big win at home in October over the same opponents.

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• Wymondham have two fixtures remaining in January and both are at home, where they seem to produce their best rugby.

The first this weekend is against fifth-placed Wanstead, who have lost just three fixtures, albeit all away from home.

Wanstead have beaten Lowestoft and last weekend drew with Basildon, while they beat Wymondham 32-20 earlier in the season.

In their previous three meetings the two sides have shared 21 tries so it should be a lively and entertaining fixture.

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