Slender loss sees Diss exit Cup at quarter-final stage

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INTERMEDIATE CUP QUARTER-FINAL

Diss 15 Fullerians 17

Diss were knocked out of the Intermediate Cup at the quarter-final stage by Fullerians, last Saturday.

An impressive opening salvo to the contest should have given Diss the opportunity of dominating and dictating affairs throughout, but ultimately their poor recent form and discipline continued.

The hosts secured possession from the kick-off and immediately mounted an attack, culminating in a successful Sean McClure penalty in the fourth minute.

Then, just two minutes later, Diss’ advantage grew larger with the game’s opening try.

A through kick from debutant Ollie Darwell-Taylor was seized on by Jo Brock following a fumble by the visitors close to the line. However. McClure could only strike the post with his conversion attempt.

Yet, rather than build on that lead further, Diss were pegged back soon after when Fullerians scored a converted try of their own.

A penalty followed to put the away side 10-8 heading into the break, before which Diss had Matt Richards sent to the sin bin.

Fullerians continued to dominate proceedings after the restart and duly went 17-8 in front courtesy of a second converted try. Diss were in need of a response and Jon Trede duly obliged.

Josh Ludkin drove through the heart of the midfield and picked out the ever-present Trede, who scored a converted try to set up a grandstand finish.

But, Fullerians held out in the closing stages with Diss struggling to gain any real momentum as their interest in the competition was brought to a conclusion.

n There was more positive news for Diss Under-13s, though, as they booked their place in the final of the Plate competition.

Playing away at West Norfolk, the Diss youngsters took a 33-0 lead into half-time and eventually won the match, 45-5.

Harry Williamson ran in a hat-trick of tries, while Toby Drake and Dom Bell-Tye added two each for Diss, who face Holt in the final this Sunday.

n Diss Rugby Club’s gymnasium, which cost in excess of £7,000 to refurbish and bring in new equipment, will be opened by MP for South Norfolk, Richard Bacon, on Saturday (11.30am).

“This is another successful milestone. We have many more to reach, but I’m confident with the continued support of the vice-presidents, the members, the players, supporters and schools we will get there,” said secretary Norman Potter.

n Four Diss players represented the Eastern Counties Under-20 side against their Hertfordshire counterparts last Saturday.

Ewan Lawton, Jacob Page. Patrick Lawton and Xavier Valentine all started the game as replacements, but did feature at some point.