The only way is up for London North-East Division Three West Norfolk, says skipper Savage

Ross Biggs on the charge for West Norfolk.

Ross Biggs on the charge for West Norfolk. - Credit: Archant

Captain Lawrence Savage has scoffed at suggestions West Norfolk's aim is to simply avoid relegation this season.

The London North East Division Three new-boys sit seventh in the 12-team table going into tomorrow's home clash with fellow promoted outfit Billericay, 11th. West's skipper insists he and his team-mates remain more concerned with moving up the table however, rather than just being content with securing any finish outside of the drop zone.

The 36-year-old said: 'When we started the season we said if we could obtain fourth place that would be a great season for us. We're kind of still on course to do that. We're seventh and we're only five points from third at the moment so we're still in the mixer.

'I'm a great believer that you've got to keep looking forward and push on. When we achieved promotion last season one of the first things that people asked me was; 'Well surely you're just going to look to avoid relegation next season?'

'My personal view, and I think the view of the lads and the management involved, is that that's the wrong kind of attitude. If you go in thinking we just need to avoid getting relegated you're not going to set yourselves up for the season.

'What we're trying to do is develop and build a successful squad. We're still looking to go forward. There's no reason we can't keep developing and be looking to push towards a spot in London Two to go alongside our local rivals Holt for instance.'

West have won their last three league fixtures but tasted defeat last time out when a line-up packed with young talent lost 27-8 at home to Fullerians in the Senior Vase second round. Billericay arrive in North Wootton hoping to break their NE3 duck this term.

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In lower-level Greene King Eastern Counties Division One, Swaffham's recent resurgance will be tested to the limit when they travel to high-flying Ely. The city club are second while their North Pickenham Road visitors, who have won back-to-back matches since failing to raise a team for consecutive fixtures, sit 10th.

Just two points above them are a Wisbech side that host seventh-placed Mersea Island – the team who failed to fulfil last weekend's Junior Vase clash between the two clubs.

To hear the full interview with Savage listen to West Norfolk Sports Podcast Episode 49, online this evening at

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