London 2NE: Diss and Holt both return to league action at home

Holt, pictured in black in their recent defeat to Norwich, return to London 2NE action against Saffr

Holt, pictured in black in their recent defeat to Norwich, return to London 2NE action against Saffron Walden. - Credit: Archant

League action resumes with homes games for Diss and Holt in London Two North East tomorrow.

Both clubs had a rest as they did not have cup games to play last weekend and are looking to get their seasons properly up and running, having both won one of their opening three fixtures.

Diss welcome bottom-of-the table Old Cooperians to Mackenders after a much needed break last weekend.

Only the Saracens and the third team played last weekend – Giles West, Josh Ludkin and Jack Peacock all made positive contributions for the Saracens in a 40-0 win against Bury St Edmunds thirds.

Coaches Roger Coombs and David Smith are again able to select from a full strength side, with Jack Peacock returning at fly-half, where he will be able to launch Warren Wilby, Giles West, Tom Holt and Gus McGrath.

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In the forwards consistent selection also means that the front five should be able to set a platform from which the back row of Fraser Hall, Michael Fuller and Ollie Vincent can dominate at the breakdown and link in an attacking mode with Jamie Burroughs at scrum-half.

• After enjoying an early break in proceedings Holt are back in action in what will be round four of the regular season and the signs are that all three teams are beginning to get stronger with the steady return of some early season absentees.

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Holt's senior side, who have stuttered after an excellent opening day win at Braintree will be looking to establish a winning mentality on their home patch having gifted victory to Norwich three weeks ago. Saffron Walden will not be an easy game but if the team has learned one thing it will be how not to let a winning lead slip through their grasp.

The return of Daniel Ilsley in the centre has allowed Tim Allen to return to his more accustomed position of hooker but with the continued absence through injury of two other first choice centres, Karl Rumsby remains in the backs instead of returning to the pack. Therefore, Jack Such starts in the back row and the excellent George Seaman will make an appearance from the bench. Props Canning and Cole hold onto their starting positions but new recruit Stuart Moyse will be looking to push the two incumbents hard in his quest to get the nod in the starting XV.

Phil Davies' seconds (the Owls) look set to field their strongest side of the season so far against Norwich Medics with Will Knights and Chris Hill making up a formidable front row.

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