North Walsham Rugby Club’s timely tonic
North Walsham 40 Old Colfeians 3
Having impressed without reward the previous week the Vikings belatedly fulfilled their promise with the most comprehensive of wins over a side that beat them 29-0 earlier in the campaign.
With just one change from last week there was an air of stability in the squad that quickly became evident on the pitch. A penalty kicked to touch five metres out resulted in three pick and drives and a try for Mark McCall.
Indiscipline allowed OCs to claim their only points from a penalty but again solid lineout work culminated with Hegarty and Davies driving Stuart Loose over and Dewing added the first of five conversions. Chris Borrett was having a field day at full back, taking any kick sent his way, and started a move in his own 22 which he finished off with a dot down under the bar.
The next score again came from a lineout but this time there was an element of the unlikely about it as the ball was overthrown and Chris Godwin, standing at the tail, had a short stroll in and the bonus point was in the bag. Hegarty, having run himself into the ground, made way for Kent who quickly made his presence felt. Good work by Hardisty and Forrester created an opening for Godwin to score his second.
Indiscipline saw two Walsham players in the sinbin but although OCs pressed they could not break down the defence. Inside centre Stephen Hyde made a great run from his own 22 to score the final try. Youngster Billy Graham-Park made his debut off the bench and showed good composure and ball skills.
The performances of the last two weeks will have boosted morale and now the impetus must be maintained for the final run in.
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Nick Greenhall will no doubt be hoping that he can stick with as many of last week's squad to maintain continuity on Saturday but both Leon Davies and Shane van Vuuren are anticipating the birth of their first borns so might want to stay close to home. However there is experienced cover for both forwards and backs for the trip to Eton Manor.
In the home game the Vikings squeaked a three point win against the London side, who have consistently maintained a presence in the top half of the table, but the Vikings must not assume that because they have nothing to play for it will be easy.
n North Walsham Raiders maintained their good run with a 29-10 win at West Norfolk II. This was a hard won result as, having taken a decent half-time lead, they had to show their defensive strength in the later stages. A penalty try in the fourth minute converted by Harry Downing got them going and a few minutes later Seth Rodger, playing his first game of adult rugby, won turnover ball, the backs sent it left and Karl Tizzard had a 30 metre run in. Wests reduced the lead with a penalty but Downing went on a solo run to score and convert. Just before the break No 8 Rob George touched down wide out and Charlie Lockhart converted.
Changes to the home side up front stifled the Raiders and they were on the back foot for much of the final quarter, Wests breaking through with ten minutes left for a converted try. The Raiders have a well earned rest on Saturday.