Diss seize top with a hard-fought victory
Diss leapfrogged Chelmsford to take top spot in London Two North East following a hard-fought 20-17 derby victory away at rivals Holt.
Holt established an immediate foothold in the game and put Diss firmly on the backfoot for a good 20 minutes, eventually opening the scoring with a well-taken penalty by Graham Isley.
Diss entered the fray with more purpose and, following an excellent attacking scrum, Ryan Carter scored to put Diss into a 5-3 lead.
The momentum continued with the visitors as Carter extended the Diss lead by scoring his second try from yet another forward driving scrummage.
Holt, however, responded superbly to this reverse and scored an excellent converted try of their own to level the scores at 10-10 at half-time.
The second half started in the same vein as the first , with both sides attacking each other at every opportunity and as the half developed Holt seemed to be coping with more confidence.
Following a number of Diss mistakes, Holt scored a further converted try to lead 17-10 with the game approaching the final quarter.
Diss responded by attacking through their back division and eventually Warren Wilby broke clear to score an outstanding individual try to reduce the deficit to two points.
As the final 10 minutes approached, both sides lifted their efforts for one final push for victory. Diss prop forward Matt Richards was sinbinned and the tide looked to have turned towards the north Norfolk Club.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, the visitors responded superbly and immediately put Holt under intense pressure. Following Richards’ return and a yellow card for a Holt forward, the hugely-experienced Timothy Groom crashed over for what proved the winning score.
n There was further joy for the club as Diss Under-14s cruised to an emphatic 62-7 success at home to Colchester.
A hat-trick of tries from Joel Bond was added to with further tries by George Jones (two), Miles Smith (two), Tom Elkins (two) and Fred Sargent, with Jack Pritchard converting six of 10 kicks.
GREENE KING IPA EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE DIVISION TWO NORTH Diss Saracens 26
Great Yarmouth 3
Diss Saracens came out on top of a top-of-the-table clash with Broadland Great Yarmouth to seal an impressive 26-3 victory.
After falling behind to a penalty, Diss responded strongly and were soon ahead as Pete Bray raced clear to score a converted try.
With momentum behind them, Saracens continued to dictate proceedings and soon extended their advantage as Bray crossed the line for his second try before the break.
The second half saw the Saracens come out all guns blazing and they added a further try shortly as Chris Trede bundled over, with Goymour again converting.
The visitors were conceding a number of penalties and from one such opportunity a slick line out from Richie Horne and Jacob Page gave skipper Ben Walker the fourth try.
Goymour again converted to wrap up victory.