Walsham anxious to get value for money

As the rugby season tails off North Walsham have two more games on the road, with another overnighter for the “replay” against Bridgwater & Albion. In early January the team coach had got to within 50 miles of the B & A ground when a storm flooded the pitch, the referee decided the ground was dangerous and the game was called off.

As the rugby season tails off North Walsham have two more games on the road, with another overnighter for the “replay” against Bridgwater & Albion.

In early January the team coach had got to within 50 miles of the B & A ground when a storm flooded the pitch, the referee decided the ground was dangerous and the game was called off. So the Vikings have to do it all again, unfortunately at their own cost - a financial hit they could well have done without.

However following last week's outstanding performance at Lydney they should travel in good heart but hopefully not complacent, as Bridgwater have a good record. One place above Walsham in the table with a game in hand, they have one of the best defensive records in the division and like Walsham have just pride to play for as they aim for their best ever finish in the National League.

The only injury last week was a tightening hamstring for Iain Young but he is having a few days in the sun and is due to return for the game. Rearranged games always present problems because players make personal plans round the fixture list and as result both Tom Holt and Andy Thorpe are unavailable. Jon Curry will be checking on the fitness of Pena Sokia, probably for a move back into the centre allowing Adam Gowen to return to full back to cover for Thorpe.


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Up front he was without Faleono Seve last week as the Samoan No8 had stitches in his ear after the Old Pats game. He too should be available for selection. Scrum half Carel Swanepoel although not fully fit, was on the bench last week and could return to the starting line up, but with an eye on the future Curry could do worse than stick with the youthful partnership of Lee Sandberg and Harry de Stacpoole.

With no senior rugby at Scottow on Saturday the minis take over as they host a visit from their counterparts from Premiership club Saracens.

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