Yet another derby for Wymondham
LONDON 3NE: Wymondham play their second home fixture of the season tomorrow when they welcome Lowestoft & Yarmouth to Tuttles Lane.
Following last weekend's disappointing performance against Norwich coach ohn Whitehead has been working on the problems highlighted in the game and will be looking to see a marked improvement. However, he has been hampered midweek with several first choice players keeping the physios busy.
Penia Sokia and skipper Andrew Nelson are rated around 50/50 and Ian Harris has been drafted into the squad, but he has only played 50 minutes of rugby this season and a decision on his inclusion will not be made until the last minute.
Last season, Wymondham managed to grab a home victory when the seasiders outscored them two tries to one, with a faultless kicking performance by Stephen Simms securing the win.
Containing the big Lowestoft pack will be the key, thus preventing the excellent midfield trio of Scott and Kris Nelson and Miles McAlone at outside centre utilising a constant stream of good ball.
Lowestoft will be looking to improve after last week's abysmal first half that saw them 30 points adrift of a useful Wanstead side.
Director of Rugby Scott Nelson said: 'I was impressed with the way the lads responded in the second half but if we are going to become a genuine threat at this level we need to concentrate and perform for the 80 minutes.
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'I constantly preach to the boys about consistency and fully expect them to raise their games this weekend. With average numbers of 40 plus at training competition is high. '
Lowestoft have made two changes to the squad that travelled to Wanstead. Kristen Taylor Crisp has earned a start on the wing after impressing last week for the seconds and continuing to impress at training while Brad Sutherland slots back in at full back after a three game absence. This means usual full back Josh Fewkes moves to the wing.
No changes have been made to the forwards but the starting eight know they will need to improve the set- piece and line-out.
Norwich travel to Buckhurst Hill in Essex tomorrow to take on Bancroft.
Norwich last played them when they were known as Old Bancroftians before the inception of league rugby.
They will be hoping to build on their home win last week against Wymondham.
Several players return to the fray this weekend who were not available last week, including the skipper Aaron Swanborough, Jon Bugg and Gareth Leake, adding to the forward strength.
• Norwich Lions are at home to Mark Buckham's Wymondham II side and can pick from a strong squad. The visitors, meanwhile, will be hoping to fare better at Beeston Hyrne than the senior side did last weekend.