Three promotions secured on memorable afternoon
LONDON LEAGUE TWO
After recent near misses, Diss secured both the league title and promotion with a hefty victory over bottom-of-the-table Campion on Saturday.
Pre-match, Diss head coach Dave Smith insisted his players would not show any complacency against their struggling visitors — and they certainly proved him right.
Securing possession immediately, Diss scored through Philip LeLievre following a flowing move involving backs and forwards alike.
Tries from Sean McClure and Chris Beaird swiftly followed, before the bonus point was secured in the 25th minute when John Laurie dotted down.
Laurie added another try prior to the interval, while in the second half the Campion floodgates well and truly opened up.
Captain Fraser Hall joined the party soon after the restart, with Warren Wilby contributing an individual try.
Stephen Hipwell, Laurie and LeLievre continued the onslaught, with the final say on proceedings going the way of Todd Wishart, who marked his return to the side by scoring two late tries.
The comprehensive win, coupled with second-placed South Woodham Ferrers losing at Romford & Gidea Park, saw the hosting Blues open up an unassailable lead at the top of the table with two matches left to play.
Diss’ penultimate fixture tomorrow will see them visit Norwich (3pm).
n Diss Saracens suffered a 19-10 defeat at the hands of champions Fakenham, but they have still gained promotion out of the Eastern Counties Greene King League Division Two North league by virtue of the fact that Essex clubs are being moved out of the division.
Saracens actually held a 10-5 lead going into the break thanks to a Matt Trede try, which was converted by Adam Goymour, who also added a penalty.
The Diss side also dominated much of the second half, but once Jacob Page was sin binned, Fakenham made the most of their numerical advantage and eventually ran out the victors.
n In Division Three North, Diss III made it a hat-trick of promotions for the club by overcoming Great Yarmouth-Broadland II 50-7.
The victory saw the third team maintain their 10-point lead over Holt II at the top of the standings.
Holt’s second string have just one fixture left to play this season, while in contrast Diss have two, which means they can no longer be caught at the summit.
Tomorrow, they are on the road to sixth-placed Lowestoft and Yarmouth II (3pm).