North Walsham poised for battle for local pride at Diss

Dan Smith gets North Walsham on the front foot at Bridge Road during Saturday's Norfolk Senior Cup d

Dan Smith gets North Walsham on the front foot at Bridge Road during Saturday's Norfolk Senior Cup derby match against Holt. The Vikings came away with a 55-14 win. Picture: Hywel Jones - Credit: Archant

After a week off from league action, which saw them progress to the Norfolk Cup Final, North Walsham have another short trip on Saturday, this time down the A140 to play Diss.

Recent encounters between the sides have mostly resulted in wins for the Vikings, the latest being a 53-19 win at Scottow in October.

But they must not be complacent, particularly as their opponents will be smarting from their home defeat at the hands of Norwich in the cup.

Although Diss are well clear of the relegation zone they have had a mixed season, on a couple of occasions scoring well but still losing by two or three points.

James Brooks will no doubt be revisiting the video of the previous game to remind him of their strengths and he will probably be emphasising the need for a quick start rather than the sluggish first few minutes of their 55-14 win at neighbours Holt at the weekend.

There appeared to be no more than a few knocks and bruises last week so it will be how to accommodate the returnees that will tax Brooks when he sits down to make his selection.

Among those likely to be competing for a place will be Jim Riley, who had a slight strain which he did not want to aggravate.

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Also in contention will be Lachlan Brown-Bates, who has had the frustration of sitting out the last couple of weeks, full back Ben O'Hickey, flanker Chris Godwin, prop Tim Weber and utility back Harry Downing, who though not 100 percent played a major part in the Raiders' semi-final win at Norwich Lions at the weekend.

Tomorrow's match at Mackenders gets under way at 2.30pm

Holt resume their London Three Eastern Counties campaign on Saturday with a trip to struggling Lowestoft & Yarmouth, who failed to fulfil the corresponding fixture at Bridge Road earlier in the season.

They were deducted five points as a result and remain below zero after losing all 15 games that they have played, including a 106-0 reverse at Thetford last time out.

Holt haven't played in the league since winning 14-3 at Woodbridge on January 27, with their home fixture against Newmarket the following weekend also being conceded by the opposition.