Inconsistencies return after a below-par loss

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LONDON LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO

NORTH EAST

Norwich 15 Diss 10

A Diss side with an average age of 25 returned to their inconsistent ways as they put in a below par display against Norwich on Saturday.

Playing against the wind in the first-half, Diss started brightly attempting to open up the Norwich midfield.

However a lack of precision and control allowed the home side back into the game, with Diss immediately finding themselves under pressure following neat and accurate ball retention from Norwich.

The Diss scrummage was yet again dominant, coupled with the line out being well led by young Jo Brock, but an inaccuracy of decision making and basic handling was already beginning to take their toll.

The visiting defence stood firm for 35 minutes until Norwich executed a well set line out drive to score their first unconverted try.

Diss now responded in positive fashion following a 40 metre break from the flying Frenchman, Phillip LeLeivre.

On 39 minutes, and for the first time in the game, Diss seized possession in the Norwich red zone.

Two driving scrummages persuaded the referee to award a penalty try to send a rather fortuitous Diss team into half-time with a narrow 7-5 lead.

The elements were now very much to the advantage of Diss and coupled with a dominating forward effort should have proved the spring board from which to secure the game.

A brave and determined Norwich outfit had other ideas, beginning to dominate possession and control the game from within the Diss half.

Jon Trede and the ever youthful Tim Groom tried manfully to lift the siege but yet again a lack of accuracy and an inability to lift the tempo of the game played into the hand of a confident home side.

Will Hemment was sent to the sin bin on 60 minutes and some seven minutes later Norwich scored an excellent try, combining forwards and three quarters that eventually allowed Nick Ashton the opportunity to score wide on the right.

The Diss defensive rear guard of the first-half was now struggling to remain cohesive, with a tiring team being put under extreme pressure.

A brief foray into the Norwich half set up a penalty opportunity for Sean McClure to bring the scores back level at 10 each, with seven minutes still to play.

Norwich immediately secured possession and were awarded a penalty in the Diss 22, but the penalty attempt travelled wide.

Diss somehow failed to clear their lines and conceded an attacking five metre scrummage to Norwich, and from an ensuing series of rucks, the hosts forced their way over the line to score the winning try with minutes remaining.

To emphasis the dominance exerted by Norwich, Diss only entered the Norwich 22 once in the entire game, scoring from that intervention.

A bad day at the office was compounded with a positive result for Sudbury against Saffron Walden.