North Walsham return to action with a trip into the unknown

North Walsham Raiders on the attack during their win over Norwich Medics on Saturday. Picture: Hywel

North Walsham Raiders on the attack during their win over Norwich Medics on Saturday. Picture: Hywel Jones - Credit: Archant

After a week off, league action beckons for North Walsham Vikings with a first ever trip to South Woodham Ferrers.

The Essex side. who, currently sit 10th with a four from six success rate, came into London One having ended up second to Diss in London 2NE last season, which qualified them for the play-offs. They were heavily beaten by HAC but were retrospectively handed promotion when it was found that their opponents had included an ineligible player in their squad.

The week off will mean that coach James Brooks should have no problems with injuries and there is only one planned absence this weekend, wing Dan Smith. Brooks will however have to decide on the line-up for both front and back rows with hooker Tom Browes back and both Will Swart and Lachlan Brown-Bates able to fill dual roles.

In the back line Jake Duffield, who benched against Amersham, is likely to return at outside half with Mike Braans moving to centre in place of Smith.

Having been sidelined for a few games due to a shoulder injury No 8 Will Hodgson is close to returning and could well figure on the bench to ease his way back.

The Raiders make the short trip to play Norwich Union, a side against whom, in the past, they have had to battle hard to get a result. The Warriors. who are still struggling for numbers and called off last week's fixture, are due to play Crusaders II at Scottow.

The Raiders moved into second place in Greene King EC1 North last weekend with a 36-5 win over Norwich Medics in what was a much more competitive game than the scoreline suggests.

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A turnover sent Rob King down the right touchline and the supporting Vilikesa Vurewa crossed for the first score. Vurewa went over for his second, Ted Morgan converting, and the Raiders began to look as though they had the game under control when Dan Smith burst through a couple of tackles to make it 17-0 at half-time.

Five minutes into the second half the outstanding Vurewa burst down the right touchline before feeding scrum half Will Quinn for the bonus point try and Morgan effectively put the game out of Medics' reach. The visitors scored a well deserved try before King went over for try number five and then Harry Downing, playing his first game of the season after injury, sent King in for his second and Morgan's kick completed the scoring.