Norwich and North Walsham set for rare clash in Woodfordes Norfolk Cup semi-finals

Pena Sokia is expected to feature for North Walsham against Norwich. Picture: Hywel Jones

Pena Sokia is expected to feature for North Walsham against Norwich. Picture: Hywel Jones - Credit: Archant

North Walsham host Norwich in the Woodfordes Norfolk Cup semi-finals at Scottow tomorrow, in the first meeting of the clubs since the 2005-06 season.

Although Aki Downing returned to action for the Vikings last week he is unavailable so Stuart Loose will retain his place with Tim Weber on the bench as cover. Chris Godwin, who notched up his 200th start last week, is unavailable and second row Jono Lawson is injured so Tom Coller and Chris Kent are the most likely combination for the second row with the experienced Pena Sokia coming into the back row.

In the back line, Andreas Robertson is away but Will Hodgson and Mike Braans are free to play and will give the midfield a familiar look.

Norwich head to Scottow with some significant absentees in captain Gareth Leake, JJ Raven, Tom Moss and Si Darby.

A friendly between the clubs' second strings will kick-off at 1pm, followed by the cup final at 3pm.


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Both games will be preceded by a minute's silence in tribute to Kevin Austin, who served both clubs with distinction and whose sons Nick and Laurence also played at Scottow and will be in action for Norwich.

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