Smith targets 100 points for his title-winning side
Promotion and the league title may have been wrapped up, but head coach Dave Smith is not letting his standards slip for Diss RFC’s final two league games of the season.
Diss secured the London Two North East title, and with it promotion to London One North next season, following Saturday’s 82-0 thrashing against Campion.
Nearest rivals South Woodham Ferrers slipped to a 34-22 defeat at Romford & Gidea Park on the same day, meaning Diss can no longer be knocked off the top of the table.
Yet, despite completing his pre-season target of promotion, with two games to spare, Diss boss Smith does not want the performance levels to drop, ahead of their last away game of the campaign at mid- table Norwich tomorrow afternoon (3pm).
“I want five points from each game,” Smith said. “I want to win both games and with bonus points that will take us past 100 points.
“It’s easier said than done but I just want us to keep winning and keep our unbeaten run going until the end of the season.
“I didn’t expect us to get promoted on Saturday. I’m chuffed to bits to be honest.
“I never expected us to do it on Saturday. I thought we would need to win the next two games to make sure.”
Diss are 10 points clear of South Woodham, and although the two title rivals could still finish on the same amount of points, Smith’s charges would still be champions, as the top spot would then be decided on games won and then games drawn.
“I’m more pleased for the club, really,” said Smith, who took over as head coach at Mackenders following the departure of former boss Roger Coombs in May last year.
“I’ve been here for three years now (Smith was backs coach before taking over as head coach) and promotion is what we’ve been aiming at for the last three seasons.
“The seconds and thirds also got promotion on Saturday, so it was massive for the club.”
Diss head into tomorrow’s clash at Norwich with a 13-match winning run and have lost just once in the league all season.