Search

North Walsham won’t be taking struggling visitors lightly

PUBLISHED: 06:02 10 November 2017

North Walsham's James Knight hands off a Brentwood opponent. Picture: Hywel Jones

North Walsham's James Knight hands off a Brentwood opponent. Picture: Hywel Jones

Chasing Rainbows

Looking at the table, supporters of North Walsham might think that tomorrow’s visitors Old Haberdashers will be easy meat.

However, coach James Brooks will take an altogether different view as he considers league position is no pointer as to how the game should be tackled.

Having had just one season in London 1N before being relegated, the Borehamwood-based club bounced back as champions last season.

This term has not been particularly happy for them, however, with just two wins to their name. However, they nearly produced an upset last week, going down by just two points to Eton Manor, who sit one place above the Vikings.

Injuries did not help Brooks in his preparations last week as both forward Lachlan Brown-Bates and back Harry Downing failed to come through training and both are likely to sit this one out as well.

However, the performance of recent signing Ben O’Hickey, who came off the bench at half-time at Brentwood, was a real boost as, on the back of a sound 40 minutes, Brooks named him man of the match. He is likely to be paired with new scrum-half Lee Thomson who had a good outing with the Raiders and is prime candidate to replace the unavailable Mike Braans. Wing Jim Riley will also miss out with bruising on his rib cage.

The pre-game lunch will be attended by some 70-plus former players who will no doubt salute James Knight when he is presented with his green blazer awarded for 100 appearances.

Vikings (from): A Downing, T Browes, T Weber, R Miller, W Swart, R Oakes, C Godwin, T Scotland, E Sampson, W Hodgson, L Thomson, B O’Hickey, J Duffield, J Knight, H Riley, D Smith, T Younie, H Downing, T Knight, W Quinn, L Burridge.

The Raiders will be seeking to consolidate their second place in EC1N when they travel to Beccles.

Diss have a tough task tomorrow with a visit to London 1N leaders Chingford, who have won nine out of nine so far while averaging nearly 50 points per game. Diss have been involved in a series of high-scoring matches ending in a win, two defeats and a draw at home to Saffron Walden last week. During that spell they have scored 139 points and conceded 161.

Other popular content

13:19

A Norfolk woman who remains in a stable but critical condition following a crash on the A11 has been named.

Yesterday, 23:18

Two people have had to be cut out of their vehicles after a crash on the North Walsham Road, near Scottow.

Yesterday, 13:13

Initial plans have been drawn up to build a ‘gated community’ made up of 62 retirement apartments in Sheringham.

09:32

Two men were taken to hospital after a two-car crash in Sco Ruston last night.

Most Read

Friday, October 19, 2018

North Walsham return to action in London 1N tomorrow after a weekend off when they travel to Luton.

Read more
James Knight
Friday, April 13, 2018

An record total of 87 pairs took to the links of a wonderfully presented Sheringham Golf Club in search of the title of County Foursomes champions.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:19

Norfolk rugby star Tom Youngs was the guest of honour as Wymondham Rugby Club opened their new £4.5m ground.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:43

North Walsham got their third bonus point away win from three, and six from seven overall, with a well deserved victory in the Bedfordshire sunshine.

Read more
Matt Hodgson
Thursday, October 18, 2018

There were no league matches at the weekend - but it was still a busy couple of days for Holt Rugby Club.

Read more
Bruce van Poortvliet

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 11°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Norfolk News e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

North Norfolk News weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy