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Coombs: ‘Promotion isn’t aim this year’

Roger Coombes
Roger Coombes

They may hold a 90-14 overall scoreline over the previous two league leaders, but Diss’ head coach believes they are not ready for promotion.

Roger Coombs — clearly delighted at his side’s 57-0 thrashing of Chelmsford, which sent the Blues joint top at Mackenders on Saturday – does not want to run back up to a higher level before they have got used to winning where they are now.

Ahead of two away games before the Christmas break, the first at fourth-placed Campion tomorrow (2pm), he said of a potential promotion: “I am not really looking at that at the moment.

“On Sunday I looked at it and said ‘we are joint top. How did that sort of thing happen?’

“If we do not lose then we have a chance to get promoted.

“If we beat Campion, who are a very good side at Campion, and win at Saffron Walden, there is a fair chance we will go into Christmas top of the league.

“But then we have got to beat Chelsmford again and Norwich again.

“I am not looking at promotion just yet.”

Coombs only took over from a side in freefall under previous permanent first-team chief Simon Hill in the summer and the former Pakistan national coach is wary of repeating history by bouncing straight back up from London League Two North East.

He said: “I would say ‘are we ready to go up?’ We have just come down and London One North is a tough league

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