Walsham aiming to build on victory

North Walsham Vikings will be buoyed by their win last week as they head off to play Ruislip in London 1N on Saturday.

Having lost to Diss Ruislip are now just below mid-table with a four win, six loss record so must be playing with a fair degree of consistency and by all accounts pushed Diss all the way.

Although Nick Greenhall will have the usual crop of selection problems to deal with most of them come behind the scrum.

His only real problem in the pack is in the front row as Stuart Loose picked up a dead leg and Robin Praat a back injury although both look take their places in the squad whether in the starting line-up or on the bench.

The back five will almost certainly be unchanged as Chris Godwin does not want to come back too soon and aggravate his shoulder injury.


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Behind the pack Greenhall was delighted with the form of scrum half Dean Blyth on his debut and he is certain to retain the No 9 shirt.

Who partners Blyth however, is open to question, as Henry Dewing is away on a training course and might have to negotiate time off to travel. The most likely option is to reinstate Ethan Reed, leaving Chris Borrett in the centre, although who partners him will also pose questions.

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Stephen Hyde has to take a break to concentrate on his studies so fellow UEA student Mark Perkins could be called into the breach.

If Tony Kingsmill has work commitments which prevent him travelling then there could be a spot for student Will Hodgson to make his debut at full back.

Walsham's second win of the season against Eton Manor took them off the bottom of the table, although with just 10 points in the bag after 10 matches there is still plenty of work to be done.

The Raiders, who had an enjoyable though unsuccessful game against Wymondham last week, have called off their game at Wisbech but the Warriors will be in action at Scottow against Wymondham III.

Diss will be aiming to maintain their excellent recent form when they travel to a Brentwood side who lie a couple of places below them in the table after winning six and losing four this season.

Phil Sharpe's side haven't looked back since a heavy defeat at Thurrock at the beginning of October, with a four wins and a draw lifting them up to fourth position.

Last week's 21-15 victory over Ruislip at Mackenders took them ever closer to the promotion positions and another positive result against a side who have won all their home matches so far this season would offer further evidence of the squad's potential.

Diss have four sides in action tomorrow, with the Saracens at Haverhill, the thirds at Wymondham seconds and the fourths at home to Fakenham seconds.

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