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Diss have opportunity to nail down a top-two finish

BUSINESS AS USUAL: Diss head coach Dave Smith is not looking at Saturday's outing against Cantabs as a special match
BUSINESS AS USUAL: Diss head coach Dave Smith is not looking at Saturday's outing against Cantabs as a special match

Diss RFC can guarentee themselves a top-two finish with victory over Cantabrigian on Saturday, but it will be business as usual as far as head coach Dave Smith is concerned.

League-leading Diss currently hold a 21-point lead over the third-placed Cantabs, who will be unable to catch The Blues were they to win the contest at Mackenders (3pm).

However, as they bid for the title and promotion, Smith has insisted his team will continue to take each game as it comes, rather than place extra significance on certain fixtures.

“All we have to do is keep winning and keep doing our jobs,” he said.

“That has to be our mindset because every game is important.

“If we do that, we win the title. Every game is as important as the one before it and after it.

“Securing the top two this early will obviously be great, but it is not our main focus.”

When Diss faced Cantabs earlier in the season, the encounter ended in a 25-25 draw.

n On Saturday, Diss III overcame their Wymondham counterparts 48-7.

Adam Williamson was among the tries for the Diss side, who fielded Ben Spurgeon for his first game in five years.

First-team players Jo Brock and Matt Richards also featured in the one-sided contest.

n A last-minute penalty clinched Diss Colts a 10-10 draw from their clash with Braintree.

Finding themselves three points behind with only seconds left to play, Diss had Alex Leeder deliberately fouled and Ed Bullock stepped up to send the resultant penalty flying between the posts.

n Diss Under-14s came up short in their Norfolk Cup contest against North Walsham, losing out 19-7.

The score was locked at 0-0 at half-time, but North Walsham soon took control of proceedings in the second half, opening up a 19-0 lead.

The Diss youngsters refused to accept their fate, though, and were rewarded with a consolation try from Harry Williamson, which was successfully converted by Aaron Frith.

n Diss Under-13s played out a 6-6 draw with Colchester’s B team.

Ashton Darwell-Taylor was one of the stars of the show for Diss as he ran in a hat-trick of tries, one of which was a game-saving equaliser.

Owen Davies (2) and Joe Jermy also dotted down against the side from Essex.

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