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North Walsham visit Luton side still reeling from 112-0 defeat

PUBLISHED: 05:53 19 October 2018

Jake Duffield spots a gap as the rain pours down during North Walsham's win over Old Priorians Picture: HYWEL JONES

Jake Duffield spots a gap as the rain pours down during North Walsham's win over Old Priorians Picture: HYWEL JONES

Chasing Rainbows

North Walsham return to action in London 1N tomorrow after a weekend off when they travel to Luton.

The hosts had a decent start to the season, winning three of their first five games, but went down to a record 112-0 defeat at Colchester last time out, albeit with an under-strength side.

With lead coach Johnny Marsters still sidelined through illness, but taking an increasing part in the preparation and selection of the squad, additional pressure has been placed on assistant coaches James Knight and Ryan Oakes, who have both have done a superb job.

Hooker Tom Knight returns but such are the permutations available that he could find himself on the bench. His return should however allow Will Swart to revert to the back row.

With Ed Sampson returning from injury there are choices in the back five but such has been the impact of Dan Bird following his big step up following his move from Watton that he might find it hard to break back in.

Skipper Will Hodgson is more than keen to take back his favoured No 8 shirt so Roydon Miller could move forward into the second row. In the back line there will be a place on the wing as Donavin DeJongh is unavailable but Mike Braans has recovered from a training ground injury to step in. With Ben O’Hickey joining the ranks of the back line injured there is a well deserved slot on the bench for Will Minchin, who has consistently shone when appearing for the Raiders.

The Raiders return to action at Lowestoft and Yarmouth and with the coaches deciding on the rotation of certain players Ryan Oakes and Dane Canning come in and with the return of prop George Youngs, lock Nathan Bensley, backs Henry Hunt and Ted Morgan and scrum-half Dan Goodrich, who has returned to the club after a trip abroad, they should field their strongest line-up of the season.

North Walsham (from): F Scott, T Browes, L Brown-Bates, W Hodgson, R Oakes, M Travers, D Bird, W Swart, C Godwin, R Miller, L Thomson, M Hodgson, J Knight, J Milligan, R King, M Braans, W Minchin, J Duffield.

Diss continue their search for a first win of the season at Amersham & Chiltern, who have won two and lost four so far.


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