Diss target survival in crunch encounter

Diss have the chance to cement their place in National League Three London & Southeast Division when they travel to the side one place below them, Sutton and Epsom, tomorrow.

Diss have the chance to cement their place in National League Three London & Southeast Division when they travel to the side one place below them, Sutton and Epsom, tomorrow.

The hosts lie six points behind the Blues and a repeat of Diss' victory at Mackenders against the Surrey club would go a long way to securing their survival.

On that occasion, back in October, Diss recovered from their heavy defeat by Jersey to post a convincing 32-3 win, including four good tries for the bonus point.

With both sides battling to retain their league position, the same result would suit Diss well tomorrow.


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The Saracens have no fixture this weekend, but the thirds, who are pulling clear at the top of their table, are away at Holt (3pm).

Diss' fourth team are also at Holt in a friendly.

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Holt's first XV travel to Thurston tomorrow for a rearranged league fixture in Eastern Counties One.

They will be looking to firm up their position of third in the table and build on last weekend's dominant display at home to Southwold.

Chris Hill continues his good run of form at tight head prop and more of the same is expected of him. Paul Amiss returns from injury and will partner powerhouse Karl Knight in the second row.

David Hillier is unavailable so either Brydon Thomas or Jack Sutch will fill his boots, joining the combative Sam Wright and Ashley Woods in the back row.

In the backs, Tim Allen and Karl Rumsby are certainties at centre with Jes Brown resuming at fly-half.

"I was pleased with last weekend's display," said coach Ed Steed. "Our forwards dominated at the set piece, guaranteeing us a lot of possession. Hopefully we can do the same again on Saturday and convert this possession into points."

Tomorrow's game was set to be in the Harrison Cup against Diss, but due to league games taking priority, this has been moved to May 1.

Crusaders travel to West Norfolk for the rearranged Norfolk cup quarter-final.

The Dack twins Jamie and Tom both start alongside their cousin Steve, and veteran prop Nick Kingsley is joined by his son Rob on the replacements bench. Ben Egan is recalled to the front row and promising hooker Deane Anderton makes his full debut.

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