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Vikings travel into new territory

PUBLISHED: 11:21 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 13 July 2010

Not for the first time this season North Walsham head to a new venue when they travel to West London to face third placed Barnes.

With four wins from their five games they will provide a serious challenge to the Vikings who have yet to win 'on the road' this season.

Not for the first time this season North Walsham head to a new venue when they travel to West London to face third placed Barnes.

With four wins from their five games they will provide a serious challenge to the Vikings who have yet to win 'on the road' this season.

Their three points have come from a win against Sutton & Epsom and a draw in Jersey, yet they have a points deficit of just seven so they are obviously doing some things right. What they failed to do in their most recent defeat at Tring was to kick strategically.

The coaching team will have selection problems to face. In the pack the front five looks to be well established but the back row particularly the open side presents a problem. Both Chris Godwin and Pena Sokia probably need another week to recover from their injuries although Sokia could have a spell of pitch time with the Raiders. The choice to fill the gap would appear to be between triallist Ricky Howlett and John Kelly.

Both wing berths could have new names attached to them. Tom Holt broke a bone in his hand at Tring and is doubtful while top try scorer Rob Clymer has moved to Essex for reasons of employment and will be sorely missed.

Iain Young who has been bench bound for the past three games is a fairly obvious choice for one side while Shane van Vuraan has impressed for the Raiders and could get the call.

Both the Raiders and Warriors have away games, the former travelling down to Canterbury while the Warriors go just along the B1150 to play NU in the Canterbury League and Woodforde's Merit Table respectively.

North Walsham Raiders 87, Norwich 2nds 0

WITH a mid week call off by Havant North Walsham Raiders were delighted when Norwich made contact seeking a fixture for their second string.

The visitors found the Raiders in uncompromising mood and were subjected to a 13 try drubbing yet there was no trace of dissent in their ranks, nor a hint of surrender.

With the Warriors game also called off Walsham fielded a good mix of youth and experience and it was one of the youngsters, centre Jack Dove who got the scores moving with two tries within the first eight minutes.

His brace were followed at regular intervals by touchdowns from Lee Sandberg (2) Josh Goldspink, Al Turner, Soul Phoenix and Shane van Vuraan, the last following a superb run and pop pass from Karl Rumsby.

Norwich tightened their defence and Walsham had to fight harder for their scores in the second period.

Diminutive winger Will Quinn was first to score, centre Paul Parkin and flanker Ricky Howlett were quick to follow his lead before Aki Downing touched down and the final score followed a break from Parkin and his well timed pass was taken at speed by Rumsby who was unstoppable. Outside half Justin Loveridge added 11 conversions.

North Walsham 15, Norwich 15

Norwich looked incredibly strong in the first half and took a deserved early lead with a well constructed but unconverted try, a penalty and a soft try (converted). A penalty awarded on a rare raid into the Norwich half just before the break was converted by Toby Fletcher.

The roles were completely reversed second half. Walsham's George Young crossed for a try converted by Fletcher and Rory Fryer also touched down but too wide out for the conversion.


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