Walsham seek consistency

Rugby hotbed Gloucestershire is the next stop on North Walsham's travels with the ultimate destination Cinderford, close to the Forest of Dean.

Rugby hotbed Gloucestershire is the next stop on North Walsham's travels with the ultimate destination Cinderford, close to the Forest of Dean.

The Foresters have a long and illustrious 120 year history but their time in the leagues has been one of ups and downs moving between South West Two and South West One before a single season (2001-2002) in Three South.

That one season ended in relegation but they bounced back and last season finished just above, but points wise well clear of, the relegation zone.

As in previous seasons, they have recruited hard bringing in close to 20 new players mostly from local clubs.


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By all accounts their season to date has been somewhat inconsistent but they have managed two wins from their five games and are well placed in a closely contested middle third of the table.

Both Walsham's previous visits have ended in wins, but as is so often emphasised, this is a side that must not be taken lightly.

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With 30 players used in five games so far Jon Curry, is still struggling to find the settled side that would bring consistency of performance, but it is virtually certain that he will again have to make changes for this one.

With Stuart Loose still injured he is struggling to field a strong front row and has asked Lowstoft & Yarmouth, who have a league free weekend to release Wayne Nixon on loan as cover.

Family commitments may prevent Iain Beck from travelling but Josh Reeves should be fit to return and if giant Samoan Faleone Seve's registration is through he could also figure.

At half-back, fit again Arthur Delport and Ian Noble could pair up. allowing Lee Sandberg a week off to rest an injury.

A change at centre is also on the cards as Chris Borrett, who has had a break from all sport following a hard cricket season, is back in training. If he returns he will most likely pair up with either Pena Sokia or Chris Godwin, leaving Curry with several wing options.

With the Raiders making the short trip to Wymondham, who should feature several of their former team mates, the Warriors should finally get their season under way with a home game against Wymondham 2nds.

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