North Walsham look to build on rugby victory

AT last a break in the weather allowing some rugby, and after nearly three months a win to celebrate for North Walsham, 27-13 over visitors Bishop's Stortford.

The questions now are: was it a turning point and can they build on it?

The answers will have to wait but the players can be in no doubt that they will only be in the affirmative if they continue to play as they did last week.

Certainly with this week's game being against local rivals Diss they should need no encouragement to hit the training pitches.

The Stortford win was based on solid teamwork, playing to the patterns and doing so for the full 80 minutes.

Despite the first-half deficit it was obvious that in the second period the pack were getting on top. And despite the loss of the influential Mark McCall at half-time they continued to dominate, evidenced by two of the tries coming from the forwards.

Unless McCall is unfit and Ben Campbell is required by Bedford Academy, it seems unlikely that there will be any changes up front.

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In the backs, James Knight, unavailable last week, will be pressing for a slot, but it is hard to see how Nick Greenhall can find him a starting slot unless someone calls off through injury or unavailability. So it might be a spot on the bench for him.

The Raiders were all geared up for their first game for a month but were again reduced to the role of spectators when Bishop's Stortford 2nds called off at 10pm on Friday.

They are scheduled to play Diss Saracens at Bellrope Lane and will be hoping that the forecasts of snow and frost are inaccurate.