On a dismal afternoon which saw the top four in the division play each other, a victory was crucial in an extremely tight promotion race.
Watton did not disappoint with a comfortable win based on good discipline, solid defence and consistent set piece possession.
In fact the first try came in the opening minutes, when off the top ball at the lineout was slickly moved through the backs for Strickland to race away and open the scoring.
The remainder of the half saw Diss concede nine penalties to Watton’s two and thus allow the home team to dominate the game on the back of great discipline and intelligent rugby at the breakdown.
A quick tap from one of these penalties in the visitors 22 saw the forwards drive before releasing the returning Matt Goodwin to crash over and give the home side a 12-0 lead.
The loss of front five forwards Rocky and Jamie Currie disrupted the Red and Black somewhat allowing Diss to finish the half on the front foot but they could find no way through the defensive line.
An early line out infringement by Diss gave Joe Norman the opportunity to crash through the defence and find the impressive Alex Grey in support to extend the lead. The home side continued to keep pace in the game with another quick tapped penalty allowing Lamberson to breach the defence and effectively secure the victory at 24-0.
Watton inexplicably changed tactics to kick the ball away more often but this proved equally effective when firstly a Rob Walker kick ahead was collected by Lamberson to offload to Norman to score before what appeared an infinitely more deliberate kick from Tiger Shaw went directly to Lamberson to add the simplest of finishes for a 36-7 final score.
The last two Watton tries being interspersed with a deserved try from the Diss No 8 who was clearly their stand out player.
This victory moves Watton into second place on the same points as next week’s opponents U.E.A who defeated league leaders Holt II but for the meantime the coaches will surely be happy with a performance based on really good basic rugby and a well thought game plan.
By Andy Leggett