Raiders and Warriors take centre stage

WITH a bye into the second round of the Intermediate Cup North Walsham have no first team fixture this week so the attention will fall on the Raiders and Warriors.

WITH a bye into the second round of the Intermediate Cup North Walsham have no first team fixture this week so the attention will fall on the Raiders and Warriors.

The Raiders, buoyed by their 10-0 win over last-minute opponents Wattisham Warriors, revenge for finishing up to the servicemen in the Heineken 10s, make the long journey to Havant for a Canterbury League game.

They will be accompanied coaches Tim Malone and Dave Smith who will take the opportunity to run the rule over players they have not previously seen in action.

The Warriors under the enthusiastic captaincy of Alan Hepburn notched up their third win in four games last week, beating a strong Watton side 25-7 and this week are again at home when they face Lowestoft and Yarmouth in a friendly. And having fielded a couple of genuine veterans last week - Chris Lomax played the first 40 minutes after a 10-year lay-off and with half back partner Tony Kingsmill racked up a combined age of 86 - may find space in the line-up for some of the younger element.

With the Minis away at the West Norfolk Festival on Sunday, Scottow will still be busy as the Youth section host Norwich at U13, U15 and U17 level while the U14 and U16 sides travel to Beeston Herne.

Tring 24, North Walsham Vikings 16

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An early try boosted hopes but Vikings conceded ground and possession and played most of the first half in their own half.

Walsham had points on the board within five minutes. A sweeping wing to wing move saw Tom Holt bursting down the right flank. His inside pass to Gareth Hoadley was taken to within five metres, Holt took the return pass to touch down in the corner.

Tring pulled back three points with a penalty from their impressive young scrum half Liam Chennells and they began to take control.

Their pressure was rewarded when Tim Holgate rounded a struggling Tom Holt to score (converted).

Holt, who had been playing with a broken bone in his hand, was replaced by Iain Young.

The Walsham coaching team are trying to change the style of play and employing a kicking game which is fine if the kicks are well timed and placed, but all too often they went straight into the safe hands of full back Tom Newton who invariably returned them with interest.

Walsham went further behind on the stroke of half-time to a convrted try.

Walsham were looking much more dangerous than in the first period and soon reduced the deficit. Good work by the forwards from the restart down the right provided quick ball for the backs and wing Rob Clymer made the touch down for his fourth of the season, Strydom's kick falling short before he added another three points from a penalty.

The Vikings reduced the margin to a single point when Peter Clifford slotted a penalty. Into the final 15 minutes Walsham were on top.

However, all the hard work was undone when yet another poorly directed kick went straight to wing Henry Kirchner who weaved his way through to score close to the posts for Chennells to seal the win.

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