North Walsham Vikings face tough trip to Colchester

After their cracking start to the new year with the defeat of Hammersmith and Fulham North Walsham Vikings face a much more daunting task when they take to the road again to play second placed Colchester in London 1N (3pm).

The Essex side have had a solid season, losing just four of their 15 games and in the Scottow fixture were comprehensive winners.

There are signs however that Nick Greenhall's team are finding some form although they are still prone to concede penalties and the odd soft try. Last week they showed some steel, three times coming from behind to run out convincing winners.

Selection will be much as in previous weeks, with a couple of injuries to be dealt. Leon Davies, who picked up an injury at Hammersmith, is fit again and if Iain Beck is still injured could line up alongside either Tom Coller or Chris Hamilton. Gerald Hegarty was rotated on to the bench last week so it is probably his turn to make a start. If he makes it then it might be Chris Kent who makes way.

New scrum half Ollie Hardisty impressed when he came on for the injured Chad Seeley, quickly settling down with unfamiliar teammates. He is likely to start alongside a returning Henry Dewing as Chris Borrett, who impressed the traveling support not just for his 15 points tally but for his providing which led to at least two of the six tries, has family commitments.


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Shane van Vuuren, who moved from scrum half to full back last week, is almost certain to hold on to the No 15 shirt but there is talk of a new face on the wing.

Diss, who lost their long unbeaten record last Saturday when they were edged out at home by Colchester, will be looking to bounce straight back when they travel to Rochford tomorrow.

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Nothing will be taken for granted but Phil Sharpe's side should fancy their chances against a side who currently lie just one place off the bottom of the table, having lost 12 of their 15 matches this season.

• North Walsham Raiders hope to follow up their impressive win at Crusaders and should have a full squad who will be on a mission to rectify the pre- Christmas defeat by Medics. Their game at Scottow kick offs at 2.15pm.

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