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Diss hold no fear for critical clash

MAJOR BOOST: John Laurie (with the ball) is set to return from injury for Diss' top-of-the-table clash at Chelmsford
MAJOR BOOST: John Laurie (with the ball) is set to return from injury for Diss' top-of-the-table clash at Chelmsford

Diss Rugby Club head coach Roger Coombs is adamant his side have nothing to fear ahead of a pivotal top-of-the-table clash at Chelmsford.

The Mackenders-based outfit make the trip to Essex tomorrow (3pm) five points adrift of their table-topping hosts as the London Two North East promotion race edges towards its climax with just three matches remaining.

And despite ruling out a repeat of the 57-0 success Diss enjoyed in the reverse fixture back in early December, Coombs remains confident of sealing a bonus-point victory that would see his side eradicate the current deficit.

“We have absolutely nothing to fear and we are going down there to win,” he said. “I am really confident ahead of the match because we are playing really well at the moment.

“We would need a bonus -point win to wipe out the points gap which is not impossible, but I know it will be a difficult game.

“They had a weakened side when they came to us earlier in the season but hopefully we can come away with another bonus-point win because we have a big couple of weeks coming up.

“If we win this game then it would give us the impetus going into the last two matches of the season.

“We have had a busy few weeks and the players are tired but with it being a critical stage of the season I don’t see that being a problem.

“At the beginning of the season we didn’t expect to be where we are but we are here now and we are confident.”

Diss head into the encounter having won their last four matches, including a hard-fought 24-20 success over rivals Norwich on Saturday to book their place in the Norfolk Cup final.

Coombs has also been handed a major boost with the news that influential senior players Warren Wilby, John Laurie, Mike Fuller and Fraser Hall are all fully fit to feature. having previously struggled with injuries.

Coombs added: “We have had to play more games in recent weeks than others but I don’t think that will be a major problem with what is at stake.

“That strong recent form gives us heart and hopefully we can build on that.”

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