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Clive Bell on Diss Rugby Club's rebuild as their Counties 1 Eastern Counties season enters the last four games

Clive Bell is tapping into the good memories from the past from his players to help with the ongoing rebuild at Diss Rugby Club.

The former Ipswich YM boss was appointed as the new head coach at Mackenders on New Year’s Day, following the departure of previous chief Nick Greenhall.

A run of five defeats from six games has seen Diss drop to second-from-bottom in the Counties 1 Eastern Counties table, a position which is currently uncertain as to whether it would result in relegation.

Diss head coach Clive Bell Picture: Mark Bullimore
Diss head coach Clive Bell Picture: Mark Bullimore

Diss (11th) make the trip to ninth-placed Southwold tomorrow (2pm) with a five-point gap to Ipswich (10th), heading into their final four games of the campaign.

Head coach Bell is keen to use their remaining fixtures to take some important early steps in returning the club to its previous heights.

“I’m in a position where we’re rebuilding everything,” he said. “There will be big changes, but it’s hard to bring in big changes now, if that makes sense.

“There’s big plans for obviously next season and pre-season, but we’re not forgetting about the last four games we’ve got this season.

“The next four games we want to take them small steps forward to get back to where we need to.

“I think the players and the club have accepted the position we’re in and what we need to do, but I’ve said to all the players, every week is an opportunity to put a few things right.

“I’ve used the last few weeks to speak to people and find out what their great moments are at Diss, and what made it that.

“It’s almost trying to rebuild the club back using the good memories and where they were before.

“They have been a successful club. The blueprint was there originally. It’s just about how we can get back to that.”

Reflecting on their last two defeats, 29-25 away at his former club Ipswich, and 39-5 at home to Wymondham last weekend, Bell said: “We were unlucky against Ipswich.

“We were 22-5 up at half-time and two yellow cards late on just destroyed us.

“I was a little bit disappointed at the weekend with the scoreline (against Wymondham). It was a bad loss really.

“I just think it came down to the white line fever and not boxing clever a little bit.

“In aspects of the game I thought we were better than them, but they stuck to their game plan very well and tore us apart at times.”

Diss are expected to be boosted by the return of captain Frazer Baron tomorrow.

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