Diss get off the mark for the season with home victory over South Woodham Ferrers
After opening up the 2021/22 campaign with back-to-back defeats, Diss picked up their first victory on Saturday.
In what was the Blues’ first competitive fixture in front of a Mackenders crowd for more than 18 months, they managed to chalk up a bonus point 31-12 victory over South Woodham Ferrers.
Diss opened the scoring in just the fifth minute when Fraser Barren scored following a sweeping move that involved the entire back division. Will Laverne duly converted to give the home side a front foot platform from which to develop a clear game plan.
The Diss scrummage was much improved after struggling during the first two fixtures, with the introduction of Ed Passmore having the desired effect.
As the match conditions deteriorated, it became clear Diss would need to make the most of having the wind behind them before half-time.
And they did just that as a determined drive from the ever present John Bergin and the release of fast ball saw Barren race over to score his second try.
As the game entered the second quarter, South Woodham battled hard to stay in the game and their determined effort meant that the hosts were never able to settle in the game.
However, with 10 minutes remaining in the half Diss came to life yet again. Having established an attacking platform close to the South Woodham line, some positive close quarter play allowed Matt Richards to drive over the line – Laverne again stepping up to convert the try.
Almost immediately from the restart some impressive handling between Peter Grey and Todd Wishart meant that the latter was able to deftly feed into the path of Hugo Barrett, who sped down the left wing to score.
South Woodham responded with an unconverted try of their own before the break, but Diss still took a commanding 24-5 lead with them into the interval.
The visitors also started the second half on a positive note as Jamie Price capitalised on some poor handling in the Diss twenty two to bring his team to within 12 points of Diss.
However, as South Woodham pressed forward to try to further slash the deficit, Diss’ Laverne intercepted the ball to score and convert his own try, which ended any hopes of a comeback.
After that, the likes of Nick Garnham, Will Waddingham, Toby Drake and Jake Girdler kept the away side at bay to wrap up the victory for Diss.
Nick Greenhall’s side are without a fixture this weekend, with their return to action scheduled for Saturday, October 16 at Woodford.