Top-of-the-table encounter goes the way of leaders Diss

CRUCIAL VICTORY: Kimi Latu (pictured in action earlier this season) was among the tries for Diss at South Woodham
CRUCIAL VICTORY: Kimi Latu (pictured in action earlier this season) was among the tries for Diss at South Woodham
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LONDON LEAGUE

TWO NORTH EAST

South Woodham Ferrers 20

Diss 22

Diss took a giant stride towards securing promotion with a narrow victory at the home of their closest challengers on Saturday.

Dave Smith’s league-leading men headed into the crucial clash one point ahead of their hosts — a lead that has now been extended to four points with just five matches remaining.

Diss immediately pressurised the home side, stretching them to the extreme before eventually Kimi Latu crashed over for the game’s first try, while Sean McClure added the extras.

The away team did not let up there, with Matt Richards scoring another try — converted by McClure, who also sent a penalty between the posts.

He also got a try for himself, with South Woodham only able to add a couple of penalties before the break.

However, in the second half the hosts pushed Diss back and when the visitors had John Laurie sent to the sin bin, the arrears were significantly reduced.

Having got themselves back into the contest at 22-20, South Woodham had a penalty on the halfway line right on full time.

It was off target, though, meaning Diss held out to baf themselves a potential crucial win.

The Blues are without a game tomorrow, before returning to action on Saturday, March 4 at home to Cantabrigian (3pm).

n Diss Saracens overcame Broadland and Great Yarmouth by 40-12 in their Eastern Counties Greene King League Division Two North at Mackenders.

Matt Trede, Luke Burridge, Fred Precious and Peter Bray all ran in tries, with captain Adam Goymour missing just one conversion.

Tomorrow, Saracens travel to North Walsham in the Norfolk Bowl Cup (2.15pm).

n Diss Under-16s enjoyed a comfortable 52-10 victory over North Walsham.

The youngsters from Diss dominated the first half, with Nat Strange, Ben Brown and James Webster (2) all running in tries under the posts, leaving Kyle Harwood Lefevre with straightforward conversions.

Diss took a 28-0 lead into the break, and that was further extended in the second half as Webster completed his hat-trick.

Ryan Taffe Fowle (2) and Aidan Dixon also got in on the act, while North Walsham ran in a couple of consolation tries before the full-time whistle was sounded.

n Diss Vixens Under-13s recorded a win over their Crusaders counterparts, while Diss Vixens Under-15s played out a draw with Crusaders Under-15s.