Diss will not lose focus for their semi-final clash

DERBY DELIGHT: Match action  (above and below) from Diss' win against Holt 48-0 two weeks ago

DERBY DELIGHT: Match action (above and below) from Diss' win against Holt 48-0 two weeks ago

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Roger Coombs has said his Diss Rugby Club side will not be treating this weekend’s Woodfordes Norfolk Cup clash at Holt any differently.

The Mackenders-based outfit return to action after a two week break tomorrow (1.30pm) to take on their local rivals Holt in the semi-finals of this season’s Norfolk Cup.

Last season Coombs and his Diss side were forced to concede the final against North Walsham, because they were unable to find a suitable date due to their play-off game and player unavailability.

With the number of teams in this season’s county competition having been reduced from eight to four, Diss will move straight into the final again if they can see off Holt tomorrow.

And despite Coombs admitting their focus is on a potential promotion push in their London League Division Two North East campaign, the Diss head coach is expecting his players to still be fully committed.

“We’ll treat Saturday the same as any other game,” he said. “We’re not looking that far ahead, but we have Campion in the league the week after, and we know we have at least two players missing this weekend.

“Our objective before Christmas was to beat Holt at home in the league and we did that.

“This is a one-off cup game. We’ve also got to go and play Woodford in the Intermediate Cup, so the bonus for this one on Saturday is the boys don’t have to travel too far as it’s a derby.”

Diss thrashed their neighbours Holt 48-0 when the two sides met just two weeks ago (pictured), a result which rounded off an excellent December for Coombs’ side, who are joint-top of Division Two North East with Saffron Walden, on 46 points.

The Essex side currently occupy top spot on points difference, with Diss set to visit their closest title rivals on January 16.

Although the possibility of a league and cup double is one which Diss would not turn down, Coombs has slammed the timing of their cup semi-final taking place tomorrow.

“It’s a bad time really to be playing on the second of January,” he said. “I know some players have made arrangements for this weekend months ago, so I expect we’ll have a few missing.

“Our focus is on the league games but what are we doing playing on the second of January?

“We’ve got our first league game of the year the weekend after. It just doesn’t seem to make any sense to me ”