Coombs calls for same team effort in derby

PERFECT PRESENT?Coach Roger Coombs is desperate to beat rivals Holt in front of Diss' home crowd and keep their pace with Saffron Walden at the top of the table going into the festive break
PERFECT PRESENT?Coach Roger Coombs is desperate to beat rivals Holt in front of Diss' home crowd and keep their pace with Saffron Walden at the top of the table going into the festive break

Roger Coombs has challenged his Diss rugby side to gift wrap their fans the perfect Christmas present by beating rivals Holt at Mackenders 
tomorrow. (2pm).

Diss go into their final game of 2015 joint top of London League Division Two North East, with title rivals Saffron Walden just ahead on points difference.

After tasting their first defeat of the season at the end of last month, Coombs’ charges have bounced back with victories over Romford and Gidea Park and Basildon. And now the Diss head coach is targeting a third win on the spin to go into the three week Christmas break.

“It’s been a good team effort in the last few weeks and we need to keep that going on Saturday,” Coombs said.

“It’s a local derby and it’s not going to be easy. It doesn’t matter where Holt are in the table, we never have an easy game against them.

“The boys will be up for it. They know we’ve just got to keep winning games now to stay up there with Saffron Walden.”

Will Scott and Sean McClure both scored two tries as Diss eased past bottom side Basildon 32-5 at the weekend.

Matt Richards and Giles West also reached the touchline for tries in a bonus point win for Diss. However, Saffron Walden thrashed Romford and Gidea Park 70-20 to extend their points difference advantage on Coombs’ men.

With winless Basildon set to visit the leaders this weekend, the Essex side are expected to go into the Christmas break at the top, which does not cocern Coombs.

“We have to set up the way we usually are,” he said. “Theoretically we are joint-top with Saffron Walden so there is enough initiative there.

“We’re expecting a big crowd on Saturday and hopefully we can deliver the ideal scenario and go into Christmas still at the top of the table.

“Holt are enjoying some good form lately so we’ll need to be exact and precise in how we play the game.

“The players know what they’re doing. They’ve got jobs to do and will be focusing on what needs to be done.”

Holt currently occupy fourth place in Division Two North East after a recent run of five games without defeat, which ended after losing 17-12 to Ipswich at the weekend.

Sammy Wright’s men drew 17-17 with Norwich before going on a four game winning streak, with victories over Rochford Hundred, Romford and Gidea Park, Basildon and Campion.

Last season Diss claimed the local bragging rights by winning all three clashes against Holt, as they followed up 43-10 and 20-17 successes in the league with their 38-28 in the Harrison Cup final win.

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