Saffron Walden 24
Diss bounced back to winning ways to end the year just two points adrift of the top of the table following a hard fought victory over Saffron Walden.
The visitors were intent on attacking in the opening exchanges and as a consequence were caught out as a pass was intercepted to gift the hosts an unconverted try.
Diss responded positively to the setback after 13 minutes through Jack Peacock’s well taken penalty before after a prolonged period of pressure, Dougie Moir broke from the back of a forward moving scrum to score an unconverted try and put the visitors 8-5 ahead.
However, despite the dominance it was Saffron Walden who went in ahead at the interval as following a deft crash ball. They managed to score close to the posts with the simple conversion giving them a 12-8 advantage.
As they had in the first half, Diss responded to falling behind and began the second half on the front foot with John Laurie scoring a superb individual try which was converted by Jack Peacock to put the visitors ahead.
Jo Seaman was introduced from the bench after 60 minutes and he had an immediate impact, breaking clear before off loading to Peacock to score under the posts. Peacock successfully converted again to extend the Diss lead to 22-12.
The game should have been safe for the visitors but careless decision making and over ambitious handling gifted the hosts with another unconverted try to reduce the deficit to 22-17.
On 68 minutes Seaman broke again and this time off loaded to prop forward Peter Bray to crash through two tackles to score. Peacock converted again to give Diss a 29-17 lead with 12 minutes remaining.
However, the game was left in balance with 10 minutes remaining as the home side fought back with another converted try to reduce the deficit to just five points.
And despite a flurry of late pressure from Saffron Walden, Diss managed to hold firm in the closing stages to secure the victory.
n Diss Under-14s ended the year on a high after securing a 24-5 victory over Lowestoft and Yarmouth courtesy of tries from James Webster (two), Ed Saunders and George Jones with the extras coming from Jack Pritchard.
n Meanwhile Saturday will see a Diss Vets side take on an Under-23’s side at 12pm.