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Old Haberdashers put Diss to the sword during London 1 North encounter

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For the second time this season basement boys Diss failed to trouble the scoreline as they crashed to a 41-0 defeat the hands of Old Haberdashers on Saturday.

It was always going to be a tough afternoon for the struggling Blues, given that their hosts were up in fourth position and had won four of their previous five outings in London 1 North.

And their cause was not helped by a number of injuries to first team players – including key players Shaun Blyth, Chris Beaird, John Laurie and Warren Wilby – which in turn meant a number of youngsters stepped up to the plate.

Rugby action from Diss v Rochford Hundred - Shaun Blyth..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6871880)
Rugby action from Diss v Rochford Hundred - Shaun Blyth..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6871880)

Nevertheless, after conceding an early penalty, the bottom-of-the-table hosts enjoyed parity for much of the first quarter.

However, towards the end of the half the visitors’ quality told and they went on to run in four quickfire tries before the break.

To Diss’ credit they did not lay down and simply accept their fate after the restart, with Ali Brooks and George Easton both competing with ferocity on the floor and Jo Hegarty creating a platform through the midfield from which to attack the Habs line.

Ultimately, though, a lack of precision and inexperience within the ranks meant that Diss failed to cross the whitewash.

Up the other end Diss’ staunch defensive work meant Old Habs rarely ventured forward, but on the occasions they did, two further tries followed to wrap up a routine victory.

The result has left Diss – with just one victory to their name all season long – rooted to the foot of the table and 20 points from Ruislip in the final safe spot.

They are without a game this weekend, with their return to action scheduled for February 9 when Amersham & Chiltern will be the visitors to Mackenders (2pm).

Sixth-placed Amersham won the reverse fixture in November, 39-8.

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