Weekend round-up: Diss demolish previous leaders Chelmsford and Whiteman’s England are flying
Diss romped to a 57-0 thrashing of Chelmsford at Mackenders on Saturday to knock the Essex club off the top of rugby’s London Two North East and move themselves up to second in the standings. Meanwhile, former Harleston Magpies’ star Tim Whiteman helped take England top of their pool in the Champions Trophy in India.
In the rugby it was the second time in as many league matches Diss had beaten the division’s leaders, having dispatched Norwich two weeks earlier.
Over in a humid Bhubaneswar, Odisha yesterday, Whiteman helped England’s men’s hockey team to an 8-2 romp over Pakistan, the lowest ranked of the top eight nations in the world competing in the FIH Hero Champions Trophy.
It followed a fantastic opening game which saw the Denton-raised player’s country beat world number one side Australia 3-1 in the competition’s opening game on Saturday morning.
The two opening victories, ahead of Tuesday’s final group match, against Belgium, sees England sitting comfortably top of Pool A, after Australia and Belgium played out a 4-4 draw on Sunday.
Diss Town slipped back to the bottom of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division after suffering a 4-0 loss at Kirkley and Pakefield, while former bottom side Ely City earned a surprise 3-3 draw with reigning champions Hadleigh United.
Debenham LC held on to third place in the First DIvision, but dropped two points to AFC Sudbury Reserves in a 1-1 draw.
Ipswich Town kept the pressure on leaders Derby County at the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 4-1 victory over Leeds United, while Norwich City finally returned to winning ways with a 1-0 defeat of struggling Wigan Athletic.
* For a full round-up of the local sports scene, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, as well as our Ipswich Town and Norwich City columns, see Friday’s Diss Express.