Diss aim to keep up the good work

Diss will be aiming to keep up the good work in London 1N tomorrow as their neighbours North Walsham attempt to halt a worrying slump.

When the two teams met on the second weekend of the season it was Walsham who prevailed, winning 19-12 at Mackenders to suggest they might be the leading Norfolk side in the division this season.

But since then the Vikings have lost seven of the trot, while Diss have performed well since a 51-5 hammering at the hands of Thurrock at the beginning of October.

They are currently on an unbeaten run of four matches, with three straight wins being followed by a 25-25 draw at Eton Manor in their most recent fixture.

After a week's break Diss should be refreshed for the challenge of continuing their promising run when they play host to Ruislip tomorrow.

The Middlesex outfit currently lie just a couple of places behind Diss in the table after winning four and drawing five, so it should be an evenly contested encounter that the hosts have a good chance of winning.

At Scottow North Walsham will be trying to get their season back on track when they play host to the Eton Manor side who shared the points with Diss a fortnight ago.

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A week off will hopefully have allowed those Walsham players who were struck down by illness before the Old Colfeians game to have recovered as the Vikings seek their first home win of the season.

It will be the first ever competitive meeting between Walsham and the north London-based club and the first of any kind since a friendly in the 1994-95 season.

Despite their run of defeats, the spirit in the Vikings camp is still very positive with a firm belief that they will soon turn the corner.

Coach Nick Greenhall could not have failed to be pleased by the return of Chris Borrett, who despite a long layoff showed all his old commitment and flair.

However he could find himself in the midfield where he made most of his appearances, as Greenhall is contemplating a change at half-back. He has been impressed with the form of Dean Blyth, a long time member of the club, who has yet to make a first team appearance.

The coach was at Scottow to see him in action for the Raiders against Holt Owls last week and is known to be considering playing him at scrum- half with Henry Dewing as his partner. Mark Perkins, who went off early at Old Colfeians with a back injury, could return but it is more likely that Stephen Hyde will return to partner Borrett.

Another who impressed last week injury was Nick Austin, who could take one of the wing berths with Shane van Vuuren, who has made a rapid recovery from a ligament injury on the other side. Up front Stuart Loose is available after serving his two week ban

Kick off, as usual, is 3pm but for those who like a little extra the Raiders kick-off against Wymondham at 2.15pm.