West Norfolk need a favour if they are to snatch final London Three North-East promotion place

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West Norfolk's dreams of securing back-to-back promotions will go right to the wire during tomorrow's nerve-jangling season finale.

The London Three North-East new-boys know they must better Cantabrigians' final-day result to leapfrog them in the table and snatch that all-important second place. If both teams pick up the same number of points West will need to set about a miraculous points difference swing of 51 to wrestle the runners-up slot away from their rivals.

'Anything goes, that's how we're viewing it,' said boss Nigel Richardson, who takes his third-placed troops to champions Sudbury.

'It's all down to the results on the day. The lads are really buzzing for the game if I'm honest. They're looking forward to it, they're excited about it, and the talk in the camp is that we're good enough to go up.

'I don't disagree with that but it's a shame we had a couple of hiccups earlier in the season because we really have ended the campaign on a roll.'


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West, who annihilated Old Brentwoods 103-14 last time out, are unbeaten in 2015 having won all nine of their matches to set up the thrilling make-or-break weekend. Their last defeat came on December 20 at home to the side they realistically need to slip up at the death.

That 33-32 setback could prove to be decisive come the final shake up with Cantabs hosting Lowestoft & Yarmouth, fifth, tomorrow.

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Richardson added: 'We've just got to make sure we do what we've got to do and that's get a try-bonus point win (five points gained rather than four).

'It's all we can do. We can't focus on anything different than our own game and then afterwards find out how Cantabs got on. We need to concentrate on ourselves because you can find out fairly quickly the results that you need to.'

Greene King Eastern Counties Division One title-winning captain Lawrence Savage will step down from his role as skipper after the Sudbury game with Richardson quick to praise the stalwart's efforts.

West's boss said: 'Hopefully we can end things on a high. It really has been a pleasure to work with Larry. He's been an inspirational captain, both on and off the field, and he's had a great two seasons. He has gone above and beyond what is expected of a skipper.'

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