North Walsham head to Holt for county finals day
- Credit: Hywel Jones
Having wrapped up their league programme with a hard won victory over Old Priorians to consolidate a solid fourth place North Walsham have just the Norfolk Senior Cup to occupy them.
The final, which will be the main event at the Woodfordes Big Rugby Weekend hosted by Holt RFC on Saturday, sees them take on old rivals Diss (3.30pm).
As this fixture has been a feature of Walsham's season for many years there is very little chance that any players will be unavailable for selection. Of the side that played Old Priorians the only doubts might be around the players that came off early due to injury.
Outside half Jake Duffield picked up a back injury making a try saving tackle but has trained in both sessions last week and looked sharp. Hooker Mark McCall, who came off in the first half suffering from an arm injury, is also likely to make his return, although with Acky Downing fit again could find himself starting on the bench.
Missing from the last game for family reasons, flanker Chris Godwin will certainly return which will mean either Ed Sampson ot Tom Knight going to the bench.
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There will certainly be changes to the back line. Scrum-half Will Findlay is likely to come back to partner regular outside half Matt Hodgson, who has had three weeks to rest a knee injury. The centre pairing of James Knight and Harry Downing is likely to remain and Duffield will probably drop to full back, with Josh Brown moving to the wing.
This will be the final chance for both Benney and second row Jono Lawson to pull on a Walsham shirt as they complete their two seasons at Scottow. Lawson has been a monumental presence in the second row with an ever present record this season for a total of 55 appearances, scoring 14 tries, while Benney has scored 12 tries in 44 appearances at wing or full back.
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Diss have had a superb season, gaining promotion to London One North as champions.
The Raiders, who have qualified for the Norfolk Bowl for second teams, will face Wymondham. Their game will get things rolling at 11am. There will be coaches running from Scottow to Holt and anyone interested should check the North Walsham website for timings. There are other finals on Saturday, while a series of county youth finals take place on Sunday.