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Diss lose eighth straight game in London 1 North to HAC


By Sport Bury


A tough season in London 1 North continued for Diss on Saturday as they crashed to a 79-14 defeat HAC.

It was a result that saw the Blues drop to the bottom of the table, with 10 points now separating them from safety.

And yet they started in positive fashion at the weekend, recovering from conceding a try early on to take the lead through a solo Shaun Blyth try that was converted by Chris Beaird.

Roydon, Norfolk, UK, 06 October 2018..Rugby action from Diss v Old Haberdashers - John Bergin..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (5251425)
Roydon, Norfolk, UK, 06 October 2018..Rugby action from Diss v Old Haberdashers - John Bergin..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (5251425)

However, thereafter a lack of discipline and some poor tackling from Diss allowed the home team to run in tries at regular intervals.

Diss did at least respond before the half was out when captain John Bergin crashed over to give some hope of a four-try bonus point being secured.

It did not materialise, though, and instead it was HAC that continued to rack up the try count, leaving a young Diss side to battle on.

It got even worse for the away team late on when hooker Paul Coomber was sent off for a serious infringement.

Diss are without a fixture tomorrow, with their next game scheduled for November 17 at home against Fullerians.

* There was brighter news for Diss III as they recorded a 32-27 victory over their UEA counterparts in the Eastern Counties Greene King 2 North.

Diss took some time to settle into the contest and UEA pounced with two early tries.

However, once the Blues had settled they took control and over the period of 60 minutes they scored 29 unanswered points.

Paul Cayley and John Webster came off the mark with a try apiece, followed by John Alexander getting in on the act to give Diss the advantage at the break.

Webster and Alexander dotted down after the restart to put Diss further in command, and despite UEA pulling back a couple of late tries, a penalty from Naz Girgin put the outcome beyond any doubt.

The result has left the third team sitting fourth in the table ahead of their next outing at home against league-leading Holt II on November 17.



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