Diss desperate to restore pride with Norfolk Cup joy

UP FOR THE CUP: Diss Rugby Club captain Fraser Hall says the players are desperate to make up for a disappointing league season by lifting the Woodfordes Norfolk Cup

UP FOR THE CUP: Diss Rugby Club captain Fraser Hall says the players are desperate to make up for a disappointing league season by lifting the Woodfordes Norfolk Cup

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Diss RFC captain Fraser Hall admitted the players want to restore some pride after a disappointing season by lifting the Woodforde’s Norfolk Cup.

With their LondonDivision Two North East campaign now over, the club are gearing up for one final encounter as they travel to Crusaders tomorrow (Hethersett 3.30pm) to take on rivals North Walsham with a chance to get their hands on some silverware.

And following a second successive year that promised so much, ending in the disappointment of missing out on promotion, Hall is well aware the players can go some way to healing those scars by ending the season on a high.

“Everyone was disappointed to miss out on promotion once again but the final gives everyone the opportunity to restore some pride at the club,” he said. “Cup finals are always a big day for any club but the fact we are facing our rivals in North Walsham is an added incentive to go out there and put on a performance.”

Diss will go into the encounter as the underdogs, playing a division lower than their opponents, who sealed a sixth-place finish in London One North.

However, a positive for Diss is that The Vikings failed to win any of their last seven league encounters, suffering five defeats and drawing twice in that sequence.

And although Diss’ campaign ended in inconsistent fashion as they finished third in London Two North East, 10 points adrift of Sudbury in the only play-off place, Hall has not ruled out his side’s chances in what he expects to be another full-blooded encounter.

“There is the potential to end the season on a positive note and that is a massive incentive for us,” he added.

“We’ve always had well fought matches in the past with North Walsham and I’m in no doubt Saturday will be no different.

“Despite our disappointments this season, it wouldn’t be the worst year if we can end it by winning the cup final.

“We need to make sure we see the season out in style and put our name on that cup.

“It is definitely an occasion to look forward to and I know for a fact all of the players are really up for it.”