YM bid to return to winning ways

IPSWICH YM welcome Broadland to Rushmere Road on Saturday, and they will be looking to get back to winning ways after last weekend's cup exit at Haverhill.

IPSWICH YM welcome Broadland to Rushmere Road on Saturday, and they will be looking to get back to winning ways after last weekend's cup exit at Haverhill.

The YM are unbeaten in the league since the start of the New Year, and will be looking for victory against a side they narrowly beat away from home back in October.

The Hawks travel to Essex University in fine form and high on confidence despite suffering a rare defeat last weekend to a strong Hadleigh second string.

The Hawks will be looking forward to playing the University for the first time this season, as the Essex side were unable to fulfill the reverse fixture at the YM last October.

Woodbridge Warriors hope to end a dire run of defeats that has seen them slip down the pecking order in Eastern Counties One.

Several players return for the home game with Newmarket on Saturday, players who have not been involved in recent league defeats.

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The teams last met in Newmarket last November when Woodbridge came away with a narrow 17-6 victory.

Tom Hillier's performance was one of the bright spots of the league defeat to Lowestoft and the Thomas Mills schoolboy holds his place on the wing.

Andrews and Roberts come into the front row and Alex Brigginshaw returns after injury. Jon Crowther also makes a return after a holiday and Sutor drops to the bench.

Rautenbach and Yorke team up in the centres at the expense of Dumbill who can feel a little unlucky to be left out.

Woodbridge: Roberts, Andrews, Harris, Woodley, Brigginshaw, Gray, Crowther, Percival, E Johnson, Rafferty, Manning, Rautenbach, Yorke, Hillier, Smith. Reps: Illingworth, Dumbill, Sutor.

Woodbridge II: Ross, Brewster, Ward, Garrod, Hopkins, Whitehead, Reeve, Simpson, Richardson, Carvel, Nowosad, T Johnson, Harper, Pratt, Freeman.

Elsewhere, there will be plenty of league action in London 3 North East this weekend, as middle of the table Ipswich travel to bottom dwellers Westcliff. Ipswich's recent performances have given coach Andy Skipper something to smile about, and the last time these two sides met, at Humber Doucy lane in October, Ipswich thrashed them 50-10, so a repeat performance is expected.

At Layham Road Sports Ground, bottom of the table Hadleigh welcome Romford and Gidea Park, who currently sit fourth in the league. It will be a tough game for the home side, who have had their fair share of disappointments this season. But coach Aaron Brown can take comfort in recent displays, holding Bury to a draw earlier in the month, and the 2nd XV's victory over YM Hawks last weekend will also add a boost to club morale.

Kick off for all games is 2.15pm. All matches are dependent on weather conditions, and are all subject to change.

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