Walsham continue search for victory
North Walsham will be aiming to put last weekend's disappointments behind them when they travel to London to take on Old Colfeians.
Were it not for a lapse of discipline against visitors Chingford the Vikings might well have ended their losing run.
However, they squandered a 17 point lead and instead of gaining at least four points for a win had to settle for a losing bonus point.
Late changes to the original line-up and injuries to debut maker Harry Barratt and Shane van Vuuren also played their part in the defeat.
Old Colfeians by all accounts gave Diss a run for their money up until half-time last week and having slipped after a bright start will, like the Vikings, be determined to turn things around. The Londoners have managed to amass a decent number of points, outscoring the Vikings two tries to one, but their defensive record is marginally worse.
Nick Greenhall will as ever be faced with making changes, particularly in the front row after Stuart Loose picked up a red card having just returned to the action after 10 minutes in the sin bin.
Although having left the area, prop Dom Roberts has pledged to return until the front row problems are solved. The back five could remain unchanged but Greenhall has tried to rotate players so Tom Coller and Chris Hamilton could be contesting either a starting place or a seat on the bench. The backs will also show changes, not least because of the injuries to Barratt (dislocated shoulder) and van Vuuren (knee ligaments) who are both likely to be out of action until near to the end of the year.
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New signing Mike Parr was unable to play last week and if available will probably go to scrum half with Henry Dewing at outside half. Stephen Hyde and Mark Perkins, who impressed against Thurrock, could make up the midfield with Ethan Reed and Adam Dye on 72-7 vthe wings. Long term supporters will be please to learn that Chris Borrett is back in training.
The hard running back, who retired at the end of the 2006-07 season after 140 plus appearances and with just shy of 300 points to his name, to concentrate on cricket, has looked sharp in training and could choose this weekend to make his return to action.
While Walsham continue to struggle at the foot of the table after just one win in eight matches Diss have made excellent progress in recent weeks, winning three on the trot to move up to fifth with 24 points. Tomorrow they travel to Eton Manor, who stand three places below them but did well to come away from Bury St Edmunds with a draw last week.