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Diss will keep eyes on the prize against lowly visitors

Dave Smith has insisted there is no danger of any complacency creeping into the Diss RFC ranks, both on Saturday against Campion and their bid for the League London League Two North East title.

Campion make the trip to Mackenders on Saturday (3pm) rooted to the bottom of the table on minus-two points, having won none of their 19 fixtures to date.

Indeed, when the Romford side hosted Diss earlier in the campaign, the visitors ran out 94-15 winners — their biggest victory margin this term.

Ahead of that clash, Diss know that victory from their remaining three outings will seal promotion, thus fulfilling their pre-season target.

However, despite being in such a favourable position, Smith is not expecting his players to take their eye off the ball.

“The lads I have in the changing room are quite strong minded,” said the head coach.

“Come the end of the season, they will not be wanting to rue any mistakes made by taking things easy.

“We know the three remaining matches will be tough — including Campion.

“We will approach the game as if they are coming to beat us.

“Those Campion lads will dig in and show some pride because nobody likes to get thrashed.

“But I do not feel we have to guard against complacency because my lads do not think the job is done.”

n With a good turnout on another busy Sunday morning at Mackenders, Diss Colts turned out to play a friendly with their rivals Holt RFC and ran out 43-20 winners.

It was a fitting squad to play in the last fixture for 2017, as the Colts players ended an era, with many of them now destined to move on to the club’s senior sides.

Diss started off very sluggish and Holt were on a mission to make an impact as both sides traded tries.

The second half continued in a similar manner, but Diss eventually edged in front and, from that point on, they never looked like being overhauled by their neighbours.

Their tries on the afternoon were scored by Luke Miller, John Joe Smith, Ed Bullock, Tom Watson, Angus McDaniel and Charlie Hay, with Ed Bullock converting four of those.

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