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Diss lose narrowly to Holt in the Harrison Cup

Diss Rugby Club ended a tough campaign by contesting the annual Harrison Cup against neighbouring Holt and, while the result went against them, the much-changed Blues nevertheless gave a good account of themselves in the 24-19 defeat at Mackenders.

Diss, who finished rooted to the foot of London 1 North league table with just one win to their name all campaign, started brightly and edged themselves in front when a move across field was worked for Barnaby Chenery to dot down.

More good play soon after had Diss on the front foot again and it was Tom Miller who went over on this occasion, while Chris Beaird’s successful conversion opened up a 12-0 lead.

Rugby action from Diss v Holt in the Harrison Cup. ..Credit: Mark Bullimore Photography. (9037948)
Rugby action from Diss v Holt in the Harrison Cup. ..Credit: Mark Bullimore Photography. (9037948)

However, Holt started to respond at this point and after some sustained pressure Robbie Batley broke clear of the scrum to get the visitors’ first try of proceedings.

And just before the interval the ball was stolen from a Diss penalty, prompting Holt to break forward and score their second try.

Diss head coach Dave Smith, who was taking charge of the team for the final time, made a string of changes at the break and while it seemed to disrupt the home side’s flow, Holt started to move through the gears and they soon had their third try.

Diss’ response was to score a third try of their own to regain the lead, but Holt were not to be denied and after running in their fourth try of the afternoon it was a lead they never looked like relinquishing.

They slowed the game down well and when Giles West managed to break clear down the right wing for Diss, he was promptly bundled out of play and with it went the hosts’ chances of picking up the victory their effort deserved.

With Diss suffering relegation and Holt securing promotion up to London 2 North East after an impressive campaign, these two sides will have a couple of league fixtures to play against each other next term before the battle for the Harrison Cup resumes.

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