North Walsham set to welcome in-form Amersham to Scottow

Dan Smith beats his man as North Walsham take on Watford side Fullerians. Picture: Hywel Jones

Dan Smith beats his man as North Walsham take on Watford side Fullerians. Picture: Hywel Jones - Credit: Archant

With two excellent wins behind them North Walsham face a tough test on Saturday when they welcome recently relegated Amersham & Chiltern to Scottow.

Following five straight victories and three bonus points they sit close behind leaders Chingford.

A couple of their wins have been fairly straightforward but they were made to fight hard for the points last week before coming out on top 13-8 against Eton Manor.

Vikings coach James Brooks rarely focuses on what the opposition have been doing and instead works hard to take his players through the previous week's game and address any problems and work hard to make improvements with some intense training sessions.

Selection this week will probably be around a reshuffle of the pack. With hooker Tom Browes back the versatile Will Swart will most likely revert to the back row where he is equally at home, and with Will Hodgson probably needing a further week to recuperate from his shoulder injury, Lachlan Brown-Bates will continue at No 8.

The back line is more problematical and will depend on how Jake Duffield has recovered from the injury picked up in the warm-up last week. One change meant a first start for young Tom Younie as he was promoted from the bench and reports indicate that he acquitted himself well.

Saturday will be a landmark occasion for prop Akmaan (Acky) Downing who will be presented with the coveted green blazer for those who have made 100 appearances for the Vikings. Loose head prop Downing came to Scottow from Yorkshire where he had only ever played Rugby League at the start of the 2008-09 season. A bad motor cycle accident kept him out for three seasons before his return.

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North Walsham Raiders, who host Broadland-Great Yarmouth on Saturday, were beaten 24-3 at early pacesetters Fakenham last weekend.

A slightly below full strength side never looked like taking the spoils but equally never looked as though they would be swamped by a well drilled side.

The Raiders took the lead after 13 minutes with a penalty from Will Minchin but a forward drive by Fakenham ended with Howard Kellock claiming the touchdown and just before half-time hooker Murray Tindall went over for a try converted by Tom Bane Young.

Early exchanges in the second half were fairly even until Jim Wells touched down before injuries to the Raiders' front row meant scrums went uncontested. As the game entered the final quarter the hosts went over for the bonus point try.

The Warriors, who had to call off as players were lost to the Raiders, look stronger this time with a trip to Beccles in prospect. If there are any players of any vintage looking to play either regularly or just occasionally Tony Marcantonio would welcome a call on 07432413985.

In London Three Eastern Counties fixture Holt are at home to Woodbridge tomorrow.

Having lost their opening fixture Holt have won three games on the trot, culminating in an emphatic 52-22 success at Newmarket last weekend. Woodbridge have only won once so far and lie seventh in the table, two places and nine points below their hosts.