Chairman: ‘Diss Rugby Club can succeed at a higher level’

POSITIVE OUTLOOK: Diss Rugby Club chairman Tim Passmore (also the police and crime commissioner for the area) believes the club have the scope to succeed at a higher level
POSITIVE OUTLOOK: Diss Rugby Club chairman Tim Passmore (also the police and crime commissioner for the area) believes the club have the scope to succeed at a higher level
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Tim Passmore believes Diss RFC have the scope to sustain their position at a higher level but warned progression should not come at any cost.

Having endured a torrid campaign last season which culminated in relegation from London One North, The Mackenders-based outfit find themselves perfectly poised to challenge for an immediate return, currently sitting in third place in London Two North East, two points adrift of leaders Chelmsford.

And with stability seemingly restored at the club, the chairman has backed Diss not only to gain promotion back the league above but be a serious contender in the coming years.

“I am absolutely confident the club has everything in place to be able to not only go up but sustain our place at a higher level,” said Passmore after watching his side brush aside fourth-placed Rochford Hundred in a 38-10 win.

“I think promotion certainly has to be our aim and I’ve always said you can’t plan to come second, winning should always be the focus and the players are doing that now.

“We should be playing at a higher level and you only have to look at the commitment of everyone involved to believe it has a great future.

“Diss is a fantastic club with in my opinion has the best facilities and atmosphere in the whole of East Anglia.

“I think we can look forward with confidence and there is every prospect that if we do get promoted then I see absolutely no reason why we can’t maintain our position there.”

But while Passmore is confident of a bright future for Diss, who have played at National League level in the past, he was quick to warn that the club should not be put at risk in their quest for growth.

“There is always a debate as to how far we could go but I believe we have to be extremely careful about how we progress,” added Passmore, whose side travel to struggling Old Cooperians tomorrow (2pm).

“It would be a discussion between the board members about where they would like the club to go because getting back to the National League would be a big step.

“What we don’t want to do is take a big gamble and for it not to work out in the long run as has happened with other clubs

“We have to look at it carefully but what I can assure you is that I would urge that change would need to be with a long term plan.

“There is certainly scope and potential to go a long way and there is a lot going for the club but care needs to be taken.

“There is a great spirit around the club and I have no doubt if we do get promoted then we will compete well and then who knows.

“We have had a great start to the season and I see no reason why that can’t continue.”