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Diss will be aiming to cause a ‘nice little shock’ when they play host to Ipswich tomorrow (3pm).

The visitors will head to Mackenders sitting pretty at the top of the London 2 North East standings with a perfect record of eight wins from as many outings in 2021/22.

Diss, meanwhile, are down in ninth having triumphed three times from their seven fixtures to date.

Diss will play host to table-topping Ipswich at Mackenders. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Diss will play host to table-topping Ipswich at Mackenders. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Blues head coach Nick Greenhall is well aware his side are the underdogs, but believes they are more than capable of being a match for the leaders.

“We’re very much the underdogs, we know that,” said Greenhall.

“They’ve had some really good wins this season, especially against Wymondham (64-15 on October 30).

“But if we do the right things then I’m confident we’ll be able to compete very strongly.

“We’ll go into it looking to cause a nice little shock and hopefully be able to turn the table upside down.

“The pressure is on them, they’ve got an unbeaten record to protect.

“Overall we’re very much looking forward to it. There’s another game on at the ground at the same time, so hopefully we can make it a good day all-round.”

Greenhall’s positivity is partly fuelled by the return of a number of players, particularly in the backline.

Injuries and unavailability had left Diss struggling for options, and contributed to back-to-back defeats to Southwold and Cantabrigian.

But the squad was swelled for the 19-13 win at Saffron Walden on November 12 and last weekend’s break has also proven useful.

Greenhall said: “Availability did not help that little run of defeats we went on.

“It’s been a tough ask, but we had a few players return for Saffron Walden and we expect more to be back at the weekend.

“We had a backline that defended well against Saffron Walden and one that could operate as a unit.

“It made such a big difference and it will help our chances against Ipswich.”



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