Vikings have winning feeling

WITH a decent weather forecast for the weekend North Walsham Rugby Club should be able to play their game against Old Albanians at the third attempt.Having been defeated on two visits to the Hertfordshire side this season, the Vikings will be on a mission to get a win and make it three on the row following their two single-point victories over the past couple of weekends.

WITH a decent weather forecast for the weekend North Walsham Rugby Club should be able to play their game against Old Albanians at the third attempt.

Having been defeated on two visits to the Hertfordshire side this season, the Vikings will be on a mission to get a win and make it three on the row following their two single-point victories over the past couple of weekends.

Old Albanians have a big pack so Walsham know how the game will be played and will plan accordingly. Pack selection should be relatively simple with a forced change in the back row as Jason Applin suffered a knee injury which will require more than a few days to recover.

If both are available then Richie Howlett is the obvious candidate for the blind side role allowing Chris Kent to take over from Applin at No 8.


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In the backs the doubt is around the fitness of outside half Peter Clifford who left Sutton and Epsom on crutches. But latest reports are that the swelling on his knee has subsided and if he is able to train then he could return. The alternatives are to bring in Stephen Simms from the Raiders or move Iain Young from full back.

After the disappointment of losing to Diss in the semi-finals of the Eastern Counties 2nd XV Cup, the Raiders are scheduled to travel to play Richmond Saxons while the Warriors have picked up a friendly at Dereham.

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Watched by a large crowd, their success was based on sound defence and three tries from centre Oliver Bradfield, one converted by Declan Sowter, all of which came following pressure in their own half.

Walsham looked the better co-ordinated and their tackling negated all bar one attack. Walsham will now play West Norfolk away on a date to be decided.

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