Diss maintain promotion push with narrow win
Enfield Ignations 11
Diss continued their push for promotion from London Two North East with a hard-fought 15-11 victory away at Enfield Ignatians on Saturday.
Enfield opened the scoring with a penalty after 15 minutes following sustained pressure at the breakdown. Diss responded on the 20 minute mark as Giles West fielded a high kick and set off into the opposition half before superb handling between Josh Ludkin and Jack Keppel sent winger Dougie Moir through to score a superb try for the visitors.
Back came the home side who increased their lead with a penalty following a Diss infringement, before a successful line out close to the visitors’ line resulted in a rolling maul that crashed over for a try to see Enfield take a 11-5 advantage into the break.
Diss started the second half in the ascendancy and pressured the Enfield half with Jack Peacock, Jamie Burroughs, Jack Keppel and Josh Ludkin beginning to swing the game in the visitors’ favour.
After being awarded a penalty, the ever present Ryan Carter set off with the ball and fed Ludkin who found Moir in space on the left.
For the second time in the match, Moir took his try exceedingly well to bring Diss to within one point of the Enfield total.
The strength of the wind allowed Diss to pressurise Enfield at regular intervals but at times Diss tried to over complicate matters and failed to release quality ball when overlaps were on offer.
However, following a super break from Jamie Burroughs supported by Jack Peacock, prop forward Peter Bray found himself with the ball just inside the opposition 22 metre line.
Showing an amazing turn of speed Bray sprinted to the line to score what proved to be the decisive score of the contest.
With 10 minutes remaining Enfield attacked from their own half but forthright Diss defence and tactical kicking from Jack Peacock and Keppel maintained pressure deep into the Enfield half, allowing Diss the opportunity to see out another hard fought and crucial victory.