North Walsham must improve on cup showing at Ruislip
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If North Walsham are to redress the defeat they suffered at Ruislip in London 1N earlier in the season they will have to play a whole lot better than they did against Holt last week.
The performance in the Woodforde's Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final was disjointed and at times lacking in tempo and structure as they failed to capitalise on three early strikes. Having established a 19 point cushion they played in fits and starts, rarely stringing more than a few phases together, and it is fair to say that at the end coach Nick Greenhall was scathing in his post match summing up.
Holt did well and deserved their two tries but this was no classic, and the quality of the game was affected by some refereeing decisions which neither side really got to grips with.
Hopefully the team will raise their sights against Ruislip at Scottow tomorrow and show the side of their game that reflects their true ability. Like Walsham the visitors have had a mixed season and are in a group around mid-table and they did win by a decent margin when the sides met back in November.
Any hopes that Greenhall would be able to select from a full squad have been dented. Chris Godwin left the action early last week because of a knock and has not recovered full fitness. Matt Oakes is likely to take over with Ashley Speight going to the blindside. Wayne Williams is unavailable so Shane van Vuuren will take over and the good news is that David Treglown is back and able to replace Chris Borrett, who has picked up a non-rugby related injury.
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The Raiders rarely get the opportunity to play a double header but thanks to Ruislip, whose second string have a free weekend and who are prepared to travel, they will have a chance to really test themselves.
With it being the final weekend of the Six Nations the kick-off for the first team game will again be brought forward to 2.45pm and the Raiders will kick off at 2pm to allow the players to watch the second half of the main attraction.
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During the game there will be a collection in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity and the Wooden Spoon Society. The collection has been organised following the news that a 25-year-old player from Tynecastle RFC, Stuart Ridley, was in February diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Stuart has been playing at Tynecastle for many seasons and had recently broken into the club's first team.