Perfect home record is the focus for North Walsham
06:30 28 March 2014
The only 100 per cent home record in London One North will be put on the line by North Walsham tomorrow.
Scottow has once again become a fortress for the Vikings this season, who have won all 11 of their home matches so far this season.
There may be little left to play for in terms of position for the Vikings in their final three matches of the season, with a mid-table position guaranteed after a solid season, but that home record is very much worth fighting for.
The outstanding record has so far been built on the meanest home defence in London 1N. Just 117 points have been conceded by the Vikings this season, a record only league leaders Eton Manor come close to, with 139.
And while promotion challengers Westcliff (588) and Luton (464) have scored far more points than the Vikings’ 373, they have both been beaten on their own patch and Walsham have not.
After experimenting with new approaches in the 26-22 loss at Tabard last week, coach Nick Greenhall is likely to revert to tried and tested tactics against Chingford, who are level on 66 points with the Vikings.
The Essex side’s record is almost identical to that of the Vikings but they have just had their worst run of the season, losing three on the spin.
In the away game they ended a five-win run for the Vikings with a final-kick penalty to win 32-29.
Mark McCall had a run with the Walsham second team last week and if able to train should return to the front row. Chris Godwin will miss his second successive game which will give him additional time to recover from the injury picked up against Old Haberdashers. Wayne Williams, who has proved a valuable addition to the Walsham squad since arriving a few weeks back, is very capable, and like Godwin, is a line breaker.
Like Godwin, centre Will Hodgson missed last week and Greenhall might hold him back for a further week to enable his shoulder injury more time to recover. Fortunately Jack Hoyles has returned fully fit and is raring to go.