Colchester visit with Diss eyeing the top six

Diss RFC coach Phil Sharpe is aiming for a top six finish in London One North as his side get set to get the second half of the campaign under way.

But the Blues’ head coach has warned against starting slowly at home to fourth-placed Colchester tomorrow (2pm) as he looks to kick-start another winning run to break into the top half of the table.

Before their narrow 18-9 defeat at runaway leaders Bury St Edmunds before the Christmas break, Diss had won four consecutive games and were five unbeaten to leave them seventh, three points off Luton in sixth.

And Sharpe believes they can use the spirit shown in that performance to overcome a Colchester side who have won eight of their last 10 matches.

“The last three times we have played them we have been within seven points and I have been extremely disappointed with how we have played,” he said.

“We did better against Bury than anyone else, and Luton, and we are looking forward to it.”

Deaglan Hall (holiday) is the only new absentee with Sharpe stressing consistency is key in the second half of the season.