Vikings and Holt disappoint

Having won three on the trot, North Walsham were hoping to finish the season with an extended run of wins.But the last three have been in stark contrast and they have been roundly beaten in all three, mustering just three tries.

Having won three on the trot, North Walsham were hoping to finish the season with an extended run of wins.

But the last three have been in stark contrast and they have been roundly beaten in all three, mustering just three tries. They have also displayed a leaky defence and it seems that as the players have not suddenly become less skilful, they are surely suffering a loss of confidence.

On Saturday they make the trip to Portsmouth - a side that have been performing almost as poorly as the Vikings and one that Walsham beat 21-0 in early December.

The Raiders had yet another game called off by a side unwilling to travel and are scheduled to go to Westcombe Park. The Warriors head for Tuttles Lane, Wymondham in search of merit table points.


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North Walsham Warriors 90, Thetford II 7

With probably his strongest squad of the year, skipper Alan Hepburn was delighted with the performance, and a spirited Thetford were quite simply blown away. Next the side travel to Wymondham in what is now a top-of-the-table clash.

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Fakenham 14, Holt 6

Holt on Sunday were hoping to complete a league double. The opening moments were spent in the Fakenham half. There was a missed penalty chance after eight minutes, but Holt gained the lead after 16 minutes after a Fakenham player was sent off. Derbyshire landed the resulting penalty.

Fakenham scored a try four minutes later to lead 5-3. Holt looked to have scored a try from a push over scrum, but a penalty was awarded instead and Holt failed to make the most of it. At half-time Holt were left to ruminate why they were losing, especially against a side playing one man short.

With the wind against them for the second half, infringing the laws added to Holt's downfall and Fakenham kicked penalty for 8-3.

Robson's good run earned a penalty, which Derbyshire converted for 8-6 after 19 minutes. But another penalty was conceded for the Fakenham full back to make it 11-6.

Yet another penalty was conceded and the last minutes saw Holt desperately trying to make inroads into the Fakenham half. Holt produced one of their worst performances of the season for a run of six league defeats in a row.

Holt Owls lost their Eastern Counties 2nd XV Plate final to Cantabrigian narrowly by 8-3.

The third team continue to chase promotion from Merit Table Three with a resounding home win over Crusaders 51-10 and they now host Norwich on Saturday in what could be the decider for who goes up.

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