Coombs: Derby is a must-win game

FITNESS DOUBT: Warren Wilby
FITNESS DOUBT: Warren Wilby

‘A must win game’ – that is how Roger Coombs views Diss’ derby with Norwich, with the joint league leaders now able to smell promotion.

With more than 200 booked in for lunch, a bumper crowd will fill the sidelines at Mackenders tomorrow (3pm) with the Blues’ head coach hellbent on not slipping up at this stage of the season.

“It is a big derby for the club, but most importantly, it is a big game,” he said, following a 15-11 away victory over Campion that he believed was more comfortable than the scoreline suggested.

“They are all slippery slopes now, but luckily it is at Diss.

“We beat them quite well at Norwich but once again, I do not know whether (Warren) Wilby or (John) Laurie are fit.

“But it is a game we must win if we are going to challenge Chelmsford, who we are yet to play.”

Centre or winger Wilby missed Saturday’s game, which took Diss’ winning league sequence to seven games, with a hamstring injury, while back row stalwart Laurie has been sidelined with a rib injury, with both touch-and-go for the cauldron of a Norfolk derby.

Paul Cayley (unavailable) is set to return to the front row, while Chris Craven (groin) will undergo a fitness test.

But with a three-game run-in to follow beginning with the other two of the top three; with a trip to leaders Chelmsford the weekend after next, followed by hosting third-placed Campion, captain Fraser Hall (groin and back) will not be risked.

But Combs is not taking the challenge posed by fifth-placed Norwich, who have won their last three, lightly.

“They are a good unit but everyone is in the league, apart from two or three.

“We could easily come a-cropper – we nearly came unstuck against Holt (20-17 win), but like last weekend, it should have been more.”