Wymondham need to halt worrying slide
Wymondham will be attempting to halt a worrying slide down the London 3NE table when they play host to mid-table South Woodham Ferrers tomorrow.
The Red and Blacks have slipped to fourth from bottom in the table after a run of five successive defeats, the most recent being a heartbreaking 25-23 loss at bottom side Campion.
They are now just three points clear of second from bottom Newmarket, having played a game more, while East London are two adrift from the same number of fixtures.
With their rivals both having extremely testing fixtures – Newmarket at home to third placed Stowmarket and East London at champions-elect Holt – tomorrow would appear to present a perfect opportunity to pull away from trouble.
But sadly Wymondham have selection problems ahead of the big game. The long list of injuries and unavailabilities includes Alan Turner, Tom Masters, Tom Wilson, Phil Johnson, David Martin, Barry O'Sullivan, Simmo, Sam Hodgson, Chris Brown, Andy Duckham, Alex Brugger, Matt Ambrose and Joe Riches. On top of that the influential Pena Sokia is by no means certain to return after injury.
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Two players come in for their first matches of the campaign – Lee Summers, who has been unavailable, and Mike Rout after an injury last season. Meanwhile Kirk Vincent is promoted from the second team.
• Norwich take on Wanstead, the side just above them in the table, at Beeston Hyrne tomorrow. Norwich had a good win at Wanstead in November and will now be looking to make home advantage count to secure a double. However recent results have not been good, with Norwich having lost three games on the trot, one of them in the Vase.
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The team has been playing some great rugby in phases in every game but some inexplicable lapses have cost them dearly.
Final selection was being delayed until after last night's training. However, Paul Micklethwaite is out for the rest of the season.
A tough game is in prospect and it is hoped that the home crowd will get behind the team to achieve the win that has proved elusive recently.
• Having clinched promotion last Saturday Holt will be aiming to make it a double celebration by picking up the win they need to secure the title.
They will be taking nothing for granted when they take on East London at High Kelling, however. The visitors are sure to provide a stern test as they will want to avoid relegation and have won their last two games, against Stowmarket and Norwich respectively.
Holt won the first encounter away 42-12 in a game that was not as easy as the scoreline suggests.
• In Division 2NE Lowestoft and Yarmouth will be looking forward to testing themselves against the leaders when they play host to Romford and Gidea Park while bottom side Beccles continue their battle against relegation with a home clash against second placed Basildon.