Vikings get good run-out

ALTHOUGH North Walsham failed to get past the semi-finals stage of last Saturday's Stowmarket 15s competition, the day was deemed a success by coach Tim Malone.

ALTHOUGH North Walsham failed to get past the semi-finals stage of last Saturday's Stowmarket 15s competition, the day was deemed a success by coach Tim Malone.

The format of full 15-man sides playing games lasting just 15 minutes with no half-time break ensured flat-out commitment from the word go.

Malone, who took a mixed ability squad to the event, was delighted with the way the players gelled and followed the game plan which was to ensure maximum possession throughout. Just how well the players followed the instruction was highlighted by the fact that not a single point was conceded in the four pool games which resulted with three wins and a draw.

This week's plans have taken a hit with the scheduled opponents for the Vikings, Ampthill, calling off on Tuesday evening citing too many injuries picked up on a tour to Wales and a game against professional outfit Henley. This has prompted a trawl through the websites of likely opponents. With the season just two weeks away it is vital that the 'probables' get at least two full games under their belts before the opener against Sutton and Epsom.

The Raiders/Warriors have a game against Fakenham lined up at Scottow on Saturday (kick-off 2-30pm).

The vastly experienced Justin Loveridge will be in charge of the side which will comprise a mix of 2nd and 3rd team players, youth and veterans.

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