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Head coach Nick Greenhall is hoping his Diss side can make a mockery of the form book when they entertain Stowmarket tomorrow.

The Blues go into the contest at Mackenders having won just one of their last six London 2 North East fixtures, which in turn has left them ninth in a 12-team division.

And in contrast, while Stowmarket were beaten last time out by Chelmsford, they had won their previous four matches in a row to sit fourth – seven points off leaders Ipswich.

Jake Girdler made his 100th Diss appearance at the weekend. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Jake Girdler made his 100th Diss appearance at the weekend. Picture: Mark Bullimore

But while results have not been going their way of late, Greenhall believes his players are capable of mixing it with the best in the league.

“We need a win (before the Christmas break),” he said. “We need a big boost after recent results and I wouldn’t say that it’s out of the question on Saturday.

“A lot is going to depend on what we can do at set pieces. If we can match them at the scrum and line-outs, then I feel we’ve got a very good chance of getting a result.”

As well as finding wins hard to come by, it has been tough going for Greenhall to get a consistent side out on the pitch each week.

Injuries and availability issues have prevented him from selecting some key players, yet he has still been impressed by those that have stepped up to the plate.

“I’m fairly realistic about where we are at the moment, especially with the availability issues,” he added.

“It’s mainly in the backline where we’ve had issues and those are our most influential players – it has a big impact. We’re struggling to get consistency out on pitch, especially in terms of decision making.

“But the lads that have come in are getting better all the time. There have been some real positive signs and things are developing.”

While the narrow 20-17 defeat to Wanstead last weekend was disappointing, the one positive was that it marked a 100th senior Diss appearance for Jake Girdler.

Greenhall said: “He had a really good game for us.

“Jake is part of the leadership group and helps others to understand parts of the game. He is a big asset for us to have at the club.”



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