Diss returned to league action with a home game against third placed Old Cantabrigians, who had held Diss to a draw in their previous encounter this season back in the autumn. Diss ran out 64 pts to 5pts winners and again demonstrated why they are the best side in the league at present and grow in strength each week destroying teams with a free flowing running style and when required a tough no nonsence defensive system that staves teams of both ball and territory. The team also reduced their penalty count which enabled Diss to have lots of go forward ball. The game started for Diss with a try after 30secs. Diss kicked off. Cantabs kicked out of their 22 and full back Chris Beaird caught the kick on his 10 meter line then set off on a mazy run which left the Cantabs defence in disarray, he then popped the ball up to the supporting Jo Brock who ran in the try, much to the delight of the large crowd.
Cantabs came back quickly and scored a good try out wide, taking the score to 7- 5 to Diss. The Cantabs scrum with the small, but powerful front row were initially a problem for Diss and put the Diss scrum under pressure, but effective hooking and channelling of the ball ensured that the ball left the scrum quickly and was out to the backs where Diss displayed a ruthless appetite that made large holes in the Cantabs defence and produced a succession of tries. The result was that at half time Diss were leading by 36pts to 5pts. The second half was again a succession of tries for Diss with some great inter passing phases of play with excellent support play from both backs and forwards. The Diss team by the end of the game had amassed 64 points and had stopped Cantabs from scoring in the second half.
This week’s game against Woodford is another must win game and the pressure will be on again. Diss now have a 5 point lead at the top of the table, with second placed South Woodham Ferrers winning last week against Ipswich, but not able to get the winning bonus point. The Diss team have a great mixture of talent, with star players, such as Sean McClure, Steve Hipwell, Phil Lelevre, Chris Beaird and John Laurie always on the score sheet with running skills and power, but the foundations are there also with the guys who week in week out put in a shift with solid performances including Ali Abercrombie, Matt Richards, Kemi Latu, Fraser Hall, Giles West, Jamie Burroughs, Warren Wilby, John Bergin and Ed Passmore Then there is the young guns who in some respects are still learning there trade, in the likes of the Hudson Brothers Will and Ed, Jo Brock Alex Leeder, Fred Precious,Will Waddingham, Jacob Page and Jo Hegarty. This potent mixture is the one that has proved so far to be the correct balance of youth and experience which the coaching team and team management has blended together. The Woodford team will have a strong set of forwards and fast backs which on their own home ground will test the resilience of the Diss Squad. We are at the sharp end of the season and now need to produce a solid performance again this week using the same game plan that has for the last month allowed Diss to beat sides and maintain their promotion hopes.
By Stu Hudson
Updated 08:04 - 28 Mar 2017 by Charli Appleton