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Despite a mounting injury list, head coach Nick Greenhall is confident his Diss side will give a good account of themselves when they head to Woodford tomorrow (3pm).

The weekend’s opponents are among a clutch of sides that are expected to be battling it out for the London 2 North East title come the end of the campaign.

And they have certainly lived up to that billing early on, winning both of their fixtures ahead of the Blues’ visit.

Diss, pictured in action against South Woodham Ferrers, travel to Woodford this weekend. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Diss, pictured in action against South Woodham Ferrers, travel to Woodford this weekend. Picture: Mark Bullimore

However, while Greenhall is likely to be without the likes of Alex Leeder, Will Laverne, Ryan Gardiner and Fraser Hall because of injury and other commitments, he is still expecting those that are picked to make it tough for their east London hosts.

“We had a little break last weekend and we could probably have done with it,” said Greenhall.

“We’ve got a few out of the backline that will probably miss the next two to three weeks, so a bit of rest and recovery is not a bad thing.

“We’ll be a little bit short but what we put out there, I’m sure it will compete.

“They’re one of the favourites to win the league so it is obviously going to be very tough, but we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”

One of the reasons behind Greenhall’s conviction is the strength that now exists within the front five.

Ed Passmore and Pete Bray made their first appearances of the campaign at number five and number four respectively last time out, and in turn helped to inspire Diss to a 31-12 win over South Woodham Ferrers – the team’s first victory of 2021/22.

He added: “That front five was a lot stronger. Ed and Pete gave us some stability and because of that we were able to get a lot more possession.

“We had around 30 possessions to play with and even in those tough conditions we managed to play very well.

“They’ll be in place at the weekend as well so I’m confident we’ll have a decent amount of possession to play with again.”



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