Diss Rugby Club head coach Roger Coombs believes his side can still lift the London League Two North East title — but conceded they can not afford anymore setbacks following a devastating defeat to title rivals Saffron Walden.
A 26-0 loss in Essex on Saturday saw the Mackenders-based outfit lose their one point advantage over their rivals and hand the title initiative back to Saffron Walden, whose bonus point victory leaves them four points clear of Diss with nine games remaining.
Coombs is refusing to concede the title just yet, but warned his charges they must win all of their remaining games, starting with a visit from eighth-placed South Woodham Ferrers tomorrow (2pm).
“Without a doubt we have handed the advantage back to Saffron Walden in the title race but there is still a long way to go, it is only January,” said Coombs.
“However, saying that we are now at the point where we have to win every one of our remaining games, there is no doubting that.
“We also have to rely on others. We have to hope that someone can beat Saffron Walden on the way and we can take advantage if the chance arrives.
“The defeat was very disappointing, we should have come away with something but we didn’t.
“However, I’ve told the players to forget about the defeat, it is done, we can’t go back so we have to move forward.
“We are back home on Saturday and we are usually better at home.
“We beat them earlier in the season and so hopefully we can repeat that.”