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A week of mixed fortunes for Diss

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It proved a weekend of foul weather and mixed fortunes for Diss Rugby Club.

The first team, after their tight victory away to Sudbury last week, failed to keep their 100 percent record in an exciting match against Norwich who were sitting two points behind their hosts in second place.

After 80 minutes of unrelenting attacking by both sides the 3-3 draw saw both clubs retain their positions at the top of the table.

The Saracens had a difficult match away to Fakenham and came home not disgraced losing by three points to 11.

Benny Goodman’s third team had a day off enabling them to join the crowd of several hundred watching the first team.

The mayor of Diss Julian Mason joined club president Duncan West for the excellent pre-match luncheon for 190 provided by the Park Hotel.

The mayor was able to leave with £250 towards his chosen charities, the Air Ambulance and the Newly proposed Norfolk Wheel chair Rugby, which is likely to be based at the UEA in Norwich.

At the end of the meal The president made a richly-deserved award to Terry Cracknel for all the work he had put in to raise money for the extended clubhouse.

On Sunday, the colts, warming up for LV Cup matches the next two weeks, had a convincing win at home to West Norfolk

The under-14s and under-13s entertained new opponents from Wisbech. The under-14s continued their winning run with a comfortable 53-0 victory, while the under-13s put on a good performance but were out gunned by their classy visitors, 21-12.

The whole mini section (under-7s to under-12s) travelled to North Walsham for their re arranged festival.

The under-12s did extremely well, winning three matches, drawing one and losing to North Walsham by a single try.

North Walsham conceded only three tries all day and they were all scored by Diss, two of them By Joe Jermy.

The under-11s showed great improvement and won three out of their five matches. A great credit to Zoe Stone who has taken over as their coach.

The under-10s lost three and won one, but all their losses were by only one score, while the under-9s won two and lost two.

This weekend the first team travel into deepest Essex to play Rochford Hundred who have always been a difficult side to beat on their home patch.

The Saracens are at home to Beccles II and the thirds are away to Crusaders II. The colts play at Bury in the LV cup, the under-16s and under-14s are at home to North Walsham, while the under-15s and under-13s are away to West Norfolk. Duty officer this week is Simon Smith.

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