Vikings need a second win
RUGBY: With the mid point of the season just a couple of weeks away North Walsham are still seeking their second win, and it would be a brave pundit who suggested that Saturday's trip to Barnes would yield a second success.
Barnes, who were relegated after just one season in National Two, have made a fantastic start to the season and are now the only unbeaten side in the Division.
They stand five points clear of Dorking, and nine bonus points from their 10 games is testimony to their try scoring abilities. They have a vastly experienced coaching team lead by director of rugby Scot Carson Russell and player coach Jim Brownrigg, back after a season with Jersey.
Nick Greenhall will be hoping that his side came out of last week's game with few injuries but he does have to make changes.
With Ben Campbell and John Pymm unavailable and Dom Roberts injured he is stretched for props, but Dave Lamacraft is likely to go to the loose-head side with Mike Henry on the bench.
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Grant Furlong is back on his course so Leon Davies will have another partner, possibly James Elliott, with Alex Harrod likely to debut at openside, although the tight five is an area for which he has plenty of cover.
The half-backs could remain as last week, Jack Hoyles having impressed at outside-half. But wing Ewan Wilson is unavailable so there could be a return for Shane van Vuuren who impressed for the Raiders last week .
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The Raiders, who had a good if unsuccessful outing against London Cornish last week, were all geared up to play London Irish Wolfhounds but have been disappointed that their opponents have called off, citing a shortage of players.
The Warriors will be at Scottow to face Norwich Union in the Woodforde's Merit Table.
On Sunday the so-far unbeaten U17s play local rivals Diss in the Eastern Counties Cup with an 11am kick-off.
At the weekend, the Vikings were desperately disappointed to lose 25-22 at home to fellow relegation battlers Basingstoke after they had looked set to record a much-needed win.
Seven minutes into the second half, when they went 11 points clear, a home win looked a safe bet. But thereafter an error-strewn display let a tenacious Basingstoke side claw their way back.
After Basingstoke scored an early try, Walsham took the lead, Mark McCall touching down, Barry Frost converting. Warren Abrahams' try was converted. A Basingstoke penalty made it 14-8 after 25 minutes.
Second half, an Abrahams run set up a Frost try for 19-8 but Basingstoke replied with two tries in five minutes, one converted, for a 22-19 lead. A Frost penalty levelled the scores.
Basic Vikings' errors conceded two penalties, one of which was converted for the win.