Vikings hope for return to action

After close on a month of inactivity on the rugby field, North Walsham Vikings should return to action on Saturday but the bulk of their supporters will have to wait a further seven days to watch them as the fixture list takes them on their longest trek of the season to play Havant.

The Hampshire side have, like Walsham, had a mixed first half to the season, winning five of their 13 games and currently lie ninth in the table. The early-season game between the sides resulted in a 10-point win for Havant but there were many in the Scottow camp who felt that this was one that the home side let slip.

The Vikings' recent performances have been much more promising and the second half against Bishop's Stortford showed that they have the resilience to come back as they overturned a 13-point deficit to run out convincing winners.

They will, however, be aware that Havant did exactly the same against Diss on the same Saturday so must not be taken lightly.

For this week's game coach Nick Greenhall will have no injuries to worry about but instead will be waiting to hear from a couple of players who are suffering from flu symptoms. So it is likely that he will field a strong side with few changes.

The Raiders, who have like the Vikings been hit by the weather, have had an even longer lay- off as their scheduled game against Bishop's Stortford Second XV on December 11 was called off at 10pm the previous day. Following a long search the fixture secretary has arranged a game at Shelford to get them back in action while the Warriors are due to play Beccles II at Scottow in the Woodfordes Norfolk Merit Table.

On Sunday the U17 side will be in action for only the third time this season and the first time at Scottow when they entertain Shelford in the Eastern Counties Cup with a noon kick-off.

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