North Walsham aim to put defeat behind them

North Walsham's Danny Berghan on the ball during Saturday's 27-12 defeat at Woodford.

North Walsham's Danny Berghan on the ball during Saturday's 27-12 defeat at Woodford. - Credit: Archant

North Walsham will be looking to bounce back from last week's defeat when they take on relegation threatened Stowmarket at Scottow tomorrow (3pm).

Although the Suffolk side have been beaten twice already this season in league and cup they must be treated with caution as they try to pull themselves out of the danger zone.

While making no excuses for last week's defeat at Woodford, coach Nick Greenhall was pleased with the effort made by his side depleted by injury and non availability and will be looking to them to bounce back.

He will be hoping that some of those not around last week will be in the frame for selection.

Hooker Mark McCall might need another week but Dan Goodrich, who stood in last week, is a very capable player as is Matt Oakes, who is working on his conversion from flanker to hooker, and is likely to take a seat on the bench to cover both front and back rows.

Forwards Keith Fowles, Tom Williams and Aki Downing all had work commitments last week but if one or all are available it will ease selection enormously.

Lock Leon Davies will probably need another week for his rib injury to heal but this could be a week for Greenhall to rotate one of the younger players into the squad.

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The backs will show a couple of changes, as centre Will Hodgson is spending the mid-term break with his family and wing Will Quinn is also unavailable. Their places will most likely go to Alex Graf-Grote and Freddie Henley-Hunter with Jon Younie retaining his place at full back.

The Raiders should be close to full strength for the trip to West Norfolk.

Rueben Berghan is likely to miss out again with a neck injury but there could be a welcome return for flanker Gerald Hegarty after a brief break to complete his studies and Matty Norfolk-Clarke following his run with Eastern Counties is also back.

If Mark McCall and Stuart Loose have recovered from injury they could come into the reckoning to aid their fitness levels.

Lowestoft £ Yarmouth have another tough looking fixture tomorrow when they play host to North Walsham's conquerors Woodford.

Currently too close to the relegation zone for comfort, they will be looking to build on the positives from last week's narrow defeat at Holt.