Search

North Walsham Vikings aim to keep up good work

16:22 08 March 2013

Leaders North Walsham on their way to an impressive 38-32 victory at Ipswich last Saturday.

Leaders North Walsham on their way to an impressive 38-32 victory at Ipswich last Saturday.

Chasing Rainbows

Although last week’s success in their top-of-the-table encounter with Ipswich consolidated North Walsham’s strong position in London 2NE, tomorrow’s meeting with mid-table Braintree (3pm) will be no less important.

Although they now have a 13 point lead over their Suffolk rivals the Vikings remain well aware that there are still 25 points up for grabs. All too often there is an adverse reaction after a win like last week’s so it is critical that there is no lessening in intensity.

The Essex side, who like Walsham were relegated last year, are one of a clutch of clubs who are crowded in the upper half of the table separated by four points, and although the Vikings won the away encounter by a considerable margin they will have to stamp their authority on the game. However, another event many miles from Scottow could have a major bearing on the race to the title as third placed Woodford take on Ipswich.

After such an intense game as last week’s there are likely to be knocks and bruises to be dealt with and there will inevitably be changes. Tom Williams, outstanding last week, and adjudged by some to have been man of the match, has work commitments but Andy Tibbatts, absent last week for the same reason, is back. Chris Godwin reluctantly rested a hand injury last week and could take another week off but his replacement Gerald Hegarty played well and deserves another run.

Pena Sokia did a superb job on the wing last week although he is now primarily viewed as a back row player and could find himself there this week. Adie Ball is back after a spell preparing for and competing in a triathlon and will almost certainly replace the injured James Knight.

Tomorrow will be a landmark day for Pena Sokia, who will notch up 100 appearances for the club and will earn his coveted green blazer. He would have been joined by second row Chris Kent but Nick Greenhall has decided to rest him to allow recovery from a shoulder injury.

The Raiders, back on form after their first defeat of the season, took advantage of a below strength Wisbech to take their points total over the 1000 mark for the season but face a much sterner test at Diss.

• North Walsham pair Matty Norfolk-Clarke and Freddie Henley-Hunter have both been selected for the English Colleges squad.

The pair, who attend Easton College, will be in the starting line-up on Sunday, March 17 when England travel to face Wales for their opening fixture.

Meanwhile two Vikings players will be meeting head to head at Twickenham in the final of the British Universities & Colleges Sports Cup the following Sunday when Durham University’s fly-half Dave Treglown meets UWIC’s Rhys Davies-Horne.

The pair attended Norwich School together, came up through the Walsham youth and mini sections, and both played for the Vikings before going to University.

0 comments

Other Great Yarmouth sport

Football action between Yarmouth Town and Haverhill Borough.

The Premier Division title race may be all but over – but that’s far from the case in the second tier.

Stephen Harvey, grounded, in action for Fakenham Town. Picture: TONY MILES

The players of Fakenham Town are determined to make Wayne Anderson’s Ghosts’ swansong a winning one.

Friday, March 27, 2015
England 2015 Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour branded balls and The Web Ellis Cup - 16/03/2015 - Twickenham Stadium - London - UK

© Andrew Fosker / Seconds Left Images 2015

Licensed to ER2015 for all promotional use without restriction.

The Rugby World Cup trophy tour will be stopping at Lowestoft & Yarmouth Rugby Club on Tuesday, August 11.

Friday, March 27, 2015
Gorleston Rangers Ospreys U7, proudly sponsored by Darby and Liffen.

Gorleston Rangers Ospreys U7 played Ormesby Tigers in the semi-final of the trophy. Ospreys took control from the start. Billy was pulling the strings in midfield with plenty of quality forward passes and when needed some great tackling. Finlay was always strong going forward and Onur was his usual self, putting in a strong performance at the back, Arthur was very strong and his left foot was always a threat. Archie in goal was solid as usual as he always came to the rescue when called upon. Ormesby never gave in, A very good game saw Ospreys reach the final against Gorleston Rangers Eagles on April 26, Emerald Park at 11,15. A big thank you to Owen of Darby and Liffen for his sponsorship.

Most Read

07:28
Lorna McCarthy, of Sussex Road, Gorleston, died on September 28, 2014, aged 50.

A woman who was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband texted her daughter less than an hour before she died saying she did not know “what he was capable of”, a court has heard.

Read more
Norwich Crown Court
Yesterday, 17:03
A large police cordon around the Tesco Extra store in Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass

Detectives investigating a bomb threat in Great Yarmouth have released audio from a phone call made by a man prior to the incident.

Read more
Tesco
00:00
Prehistoric bones found by a dog at Potters Resort in Hopton on Sea

Bone experts are currently on site near the beach in Hopton on Sea, Norfolk following the discovery of a large fossil, with initial reports suggesting it is a new and previously unknown species of dinosaur.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:58
Lorna McCarthy, of Sussex Road, Gorleston, died on September 28, 2014, aged 50.

A woman who was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband texted her daughter less than an hour before she died saying she did not know “what he was capable of”, a court has heard.

Read more
Norwich Crown Court
Yesterday, 09:13
The planters on Horning staithe.  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A picturesque Broads village has been divided over the appearance of a dozen plant tubs at a popular riverside viewing spot.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 5°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Great Yarmouth Mercury e-edition today E-edition