LONDON 1N: Stuart Loose set to make 400th appearance for North Walsham Vikings

North Walsham Vikings will have to replicate the resilience and spirit they showed in defeat at leaders Thurrock last week if they are to drag themselves away from the relegation zone.

Tomorrow's visitors Letchworth Garden City also have much to play for as they lie third in the table and, but for dropping five points for fielding an unregistered player, would be in the runners-up spot and in the play-off zone.

Walsham remain third from bottom in the table after picking up a hard-earned bonus point in Essex, and will want to take something from another tough game with fellow strugglers Hammersmith and Fulham and Rochford Hundred playing each other.

Selection will be difficult for Nick Greenhall but he will probably rotate his forwards again, which could mean that, with Keith Fowles unavailable, Stuart Loose – rested last week – will finally make his landmark 400th appearance.

The rest of the pack put in a solid shift last week and although Gerald Hegarty, who missed last week with an injury, will be in contention, he might only find a slot on the bench.


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With Henry Dewing and Ewan Wilson both available there is likely to be some shuffling in the backs but it will be late on before the final choice is made.

The Raiders, following two good wins, will be hoping to make it three in a row when Merit Table Leaders Norwich Lions come to Scottow although they will have to do without three key players who picked up injuries last week.

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Diss will have something to prove tomorrow when they welcome Chingford to Mackenders.

Diss' results have dipped slightly recently, having suffered two defeats against good teams, and they will be hoping for a return to the form shown before Christmas, when they went going 10 games unbeaten, nine of which were in the league.

Diss should take heart from the away fixture in October when they had the upper hand and returned to Norfolk with a 30-11 victory.

Chingford currently lie 10th in the table, having had a mixed season.However four of their wins have been away from home so Diss are expecting a strong showing from the visitors.

When they run out at Mackenders all the Diss players will be sparing a thought for Fraser Hall, who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The popular centre broke one of his legs in three places and also suffered damaged ligaments and a dislocated ankle in a freak accident in training last month.

Hall is now out out of hospital and beginning his recuperation and everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.

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