Wymondham need one more victory to secure Eastern Counties Division One title

Wymondham's players will be looking to follow up a memorable evening off the pitch with a successful conclusion on it tomorrow afternoon.

Fresh from welcoming England head coach Stuart Lancaster to Tuttles Lane the first team take on Mersea Island looking for the win they need to secure the Eastern Counties Division One title.

Wymondham go into the match a point behind leaders Ipswich YM and with an inferior points differential so only a victory will do against a side who stand fifth in the table.

Mersea Island are generally tough opposition on their own patch so it could be good news for the visitors that the fixture has been switched to Colchester as their hosts' ground is unavailable.

If they win Wymondham will be promoted to London 3NE automatically. They could still go up by finishing second but to do that they would have to come through a play-off game against Old Cooperians of Essex League One.

It was a fun-filled, thought-provoking, evening when Lancaster and BBC radio commentator Ian Robertson took to the stage at the club's players' dinner.

More than 600 players, members and guests made up a record attendance for the annual event, compered by club president Chris Williams, who praised the team's performances during this the club's 40th anniversary year.

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A question-and-answer session with Lancaster gave the audience an insight into his mind process and aims for the England team leading up to the 2015 World Rugby Cup.

The Leathes Prior player of the year cup was shared between Dane Canning and Stephen Simms.

The president said Canning had turned into 'a tremendous front row forward with exceptional defensive skills who has worked really hard on his ability to get around the pitch.'

He added of Simms: 'Mr calm and reliable, he has settled the youngsters down and now looks a very good number 10 with his poise, flair and tremendous kicking ability.'

The English Architectural Glazing Captain's Cup went to Josh Wright. 'He has led from the front all season and helped to transform the side into a group of friends who respect and play for each other,' said Chris Williams. Henry Petch was the worthy recipient of the Tim Salter Young Player of the Year while Lee Bartlett was second team player of the year.

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