L&Y expect big crowd

RUGBY: It is the final league week in London League Three North-East and Lowestoft & Yarmouth entertain old rivals Wisbech (kick-off 3pm) with the knowledge of already being promoted.

L&Y will look to entertain the big crowd expected. With 70 sitting down to the final Vice-Presidents’ luncheon it should be a good day.

Wisbech on the other hand are still in a fight for survival at the other end of the table.

Director of Rugby Scott Nelson is taking no chances and has chosen his strongest available team: Jake Titterington, Chris Howe, Richard Bristo, Callum Cashman, Ryan Oakes, Steve Powles, Marc Thomas, Russell Chapman, Scott Nelson, Myles McAlone, Daniel Boardley, Dave Palmer, Brad Sutherland. Replacements: Russell Wilkinson, Steve Adams, Tom Dare.

Nelson said: “ We have enjoyed a tremendous season on and off the park and I’m so proud of all the people involved.

“When I took over the job four seasons ago we had a plan, and it was to gain promotion into the London Leagues, and this was accomplished in my second year. Last season was a real eye-opener and the difference in the level was obvious and we really struggled away from home.

“But by being able to keep the same guys week in week out and the fact that all the boys are local and come from within a 10-mile radius of Gunton Park has really been the biggest factor.

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“Moving up to London Two is what we all want and we are looking forward to the challenge. The premier sides North Walsham and Diss will now only be one league above L&Y and I make no apologies for wanting to be the top side in the area in two years’ time.”

With a flourishing youth set-up and the appointment of a full-time rugby development officer, L&Y are moving in the right direction.