Diss aim for repeat display at Staines

Diss must be wary of a backlash from Staines as they return to the scene of one of their greatest recent triumphs this weekend.

The last time the Blues visited the Surrey side was in April last year, when both teams were challenging for promotion to their current level.

On that occasion, Diss won with a conversion that is still a point of discussion to this day. Diss then won their last home game at Mackenders to secure promotion, so can expect to face a side with a point to prove on Saturday.

Staines have won three and lost three so far this season, losing last weekend to Bishop's Stortford 25-18, and are currently lying in fifth place in the league. They have been beaten at home this season, so a performance from Diss similar to the last two weeks could push them close.

While Diss were beaten at home by Ampthill last weekend, they can take great heart from a spirited display against a strong side.


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The coaching team are again forced into making changes to the starting line-up due to injury and unavailability. Among those missing are Gideon Roussow, Jamie Stewart, Deaglan Hall and Andy Horne from the pack, and Chris Beaird, Rhun Jones, James MacMaster and Josh Ludkin from the backs, but Warren Wilby returns to the starting line-up after his stay in Jersey.

The Saracens are also playing away at Staines, while the thirds are at home to Crusader Medics.

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North Walsham's torrid start to the season continues with a first ever trip to high-flying Ampthill.

The Bedfordshire side came into the division due to a level transfer from Midlands having won their league last season. They have adapted well, making a cracking start to the current campaign having suffered just one defeat.

That loss came at Bracknell on the opening Saturday, but since then they have been racking up the points and currently lie in fourth place. They are a side that obviously likes to play 15 man rugby as their try scoring record shows, and they clearly have great forward strength as they have forced five penalty tries in their six games.

The Vikings make at least two changes. Prop Stuart Loose is suspended following his sending off last week which could mean a second start for Ben Campbell, who is looking fitter and sharper following his time with Bedford Academy. If selected he will start alongside hooker Mark McCall who has six tries in six games to his name, already two more than he scored in the whole of last season.

There is likely to be a new face on the replacements bench in new signing Mike Henry. The backs will show further changes as skipper Jamie Burroughs will be rested after taking a heavy knock to the head and a visit to A & E last week. His place is likely to be taken by returning Adie Ball forming a new pairing with Jack Hoyles – if the latter's head injury has healed.

The Raiders visit Rosslyn Park while the Warriors, who suffered a single point defeat at Diss last week, host West Norfolk II.

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