Diss see Christmas top spot chances take a hit

DISAPPOINTING DEFEAT: Diss, pictured in action against Chelmsford, slipped to a first defeat in eight at Campion on Saturday
DISAPPOINTING DEFEAT: Diss, pictured in action against Chelmsford, slipped to a first defeat in eight at Campion on Saturday
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LONDON LEAGUE

TWO NORTH EAST

Campion 21 Diss 14

Diss RFC saw their hot run of form brought to an end as they slipped to a first defeat in eight games away at a physical Campion side.

For the first time this season Diss found themselves under pressure in the forwards and not able to dominate possession.

The Campion pack were certainly abrasive and physical and set their stool out early into the game, opening the scoring after five minutes with a forward-orientated converted try.

Play then fluctuated from end to end with Warren Wilby and Josh Ludkin beginning to break through the Campion midfield and John Laurie gaining ground every time he had possession.

On 33 minutes, a promising Diss attack down the left-hand touchline resulted in a loss of possession and a hack through from Campion. A foot chase ensued and the Campion winger was awarded the try.

Diss surged back into the Campion half and, following inter-play between backs and forwards alike, Ludkin slipped through to score a try just before half-time. Adam Goymour stepping up to convert and put Diss firmly back in the game.

The visitors lost Jamie Burroughs to a head injury at half-time and very early in the second half Ludkin had to retire with an ankle injury.

While Campion posed a threat in the forwards, their back division lacked any bite and Diss were able to attack with the possession they were winning.

Following pressure from the Campion forwards, John Bergin broke clear and on 52 minutes Laurie crashed through the midfield to score a superb individual try. Goymour was successful with the conversion to leave the score at 14-14.

On 64 minutes, a grubber kick through from the Campion scrum-half enabled the host winger to score another converted try tp put them back infront.

Diss tried to respond in the closing stages, attacking from all areas, but they were ultimately denied by a determined Campion defence, who held out for victory.