Diss aiming for a hat-trick

LONDON 1N: Diss will be aiming to maintain their recent promising form tomorrow when they play host to fellow mid-table side Old Colfeians.

Since being well beaten 51-5 at Thurrock at the beginning of the month, Diss have won twice to move up to sixth in the table, following up a narrow home victory over Letchworth with an excellent 30-11 success at Chingford last Saturday.

A hat-trick of wins will be their target at Mackenders tomorrow afternoon while Old Colfeians will be looking to bounce back from a defeat against second placed Bury St Edmunds last weekend.

The history of Old Colfeians dates back to 1885 although the origins go back as far as 1652 when the Reverend Abraham Colfe, vicar of Lewisham, founded Colfe's School. The current Old Colfeians' Rugby Football Club was officially formed in June 1928. The traditions of the club meant that up until quite recently only former students of Colfe's school were eligible to play and in that form they achieved three seasons in the National League up to 2003-04 season.

While Diss can feel reasonably satisfied with their results since relegation from the National League set-up last season the opposite is true of local rivals North Walsham, who have only won one of their seven games so far – ironically at Diss last month – and are bottom of the table.

The Vikings have struggled badly, with their latest defeat being a heavy one at Letchworth last Saturday, and they will be bidding to halt the slide when they entertain Chingford tomorrow (3pm).

Walsham coach Nick Greenhall will be looking to the treatment room to see how many fit players he can muster for the fixture.

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Last week he was forced to call up three players from the lower sides to fill the gaps and although they gave it their best they were, in all honesty, not ready for the step up.

Greenhall's main problem is the front row where he is currently without stalwart Stuart Loose (neck injury) and Tim Mason (knee strain). Fortunately Robin Praat has made a quicker than expected recovery but Dom Roberts missed all of last week's second half with a neck injury.

The back five is well covered although he will be without Grant Furlong who has work commitments. His half back partnership of Henry Dewing and Ethan Reed looks settled and he will be hoping for the return of Jack Hoyles, Mark Perkins and Elder Grobbelaar to stiffen the defence.

Chingford sit mid table with a four wins, three losses record and although they, like Walsham, have struggled to put points on the board, their defensive record is far superior to that of the Vikings.

The loss of players to the seniors caused the Raiders' friendly with Bury to be cancelled last week but there is every hope that the Merit table game at Norwich will go ahead.