Sibling rivalry adds spice to Walsham’s match at Scottow

Harry Duffield crosses for North Walsham at Brentwood. Picture: HYWEL JONES

Harry Duffield crosses for North Walsham at Brentwood. Picture: HYWEL JONES - Credit: Archant

North Walsham will be looking to put the disappointment of last week's defeat behind them but must also build on the positives.

It is no disgrace to lose to a side placed higher in the table but to have seen a decent half-time lead whittled away need to be reflected upon.

No doubt coach James Brooks will have analysed the video of the game and identified the shortcoming and have plans to address them in training for this week's game with Eton Manor.

The East London side have, like the Vikings, had a satisfactory season without ever threatening the promotion or play-off places although it might have been different for the visitor but for a run of four defeats in five game through January and early February.

Added spice to this game, as it was in the away fixture, will be the sibling rivalry between Vikings' skipper Ryan Oakes and his older brother Matt, who has been regular in the Manor back row. In addition there will almost certainly be a return to Scottow for club president Dave Horne's son Rhys who was back in the Manor side last week for the first time after a long injury lay-off.

There could be a change in the front row with Tim Weber starting. No 8 Will Hodgson took a heavy blow to the shoulder last week so might need time to recover. If he fails to make it then Oakes will probably drop back with Tom Coller coming in to the second row. Flanker Ed Sampson is away on a long planned break so the choice to fill the slot is likely to be between Tom Knight and Chris Kent with the unlucky one on the bench.

The loss of Mike Hendry last week after a late fitness test led to a wholesale change in the backs with young Will Findlay making his first start at nine and Jake Duffield going to full back with Josh Brown replacing Hendry.

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