Search

Diss slide to heavy defeat at promotion-chasing Brentwood

PUBLISHED: 08:39 08 January 2018

Diss attempt to take the game to high-flying Brentwood the previous Saturday. Picture: John Grist

Diss attempt to take the game to high-flying Brentwood the previous Saturday. Picture: John Grist

Archant

Diss found arguably the best side in the league too hot to handle in a game that reflected the difference between a side seeking promotion and a side trying to establish a foothold at a very competitive level.

Competing on an even keel in the first quarter, Diss took an early lead through a Barnaby Chenery penalty, initially indicating that recent form against the leading sides in the league would continue into the New Year.

However, Brentwood immediately responded by increasing the tempo and mixing a clever kicking game with an ability to off-load the ball to support players who executed outstanding lines of running that placed Diss on the back foot all afternoon.

The second quarter of the game was totally dominated by the home side who scored five unanswered tries with a brand of rugby that very few sides in this league could have lived with.

Diss defended bravely with Connor McBride to the fore although an increasingly confident Brentwood side capitalised on the fact that the visitors suffered two yellow cards either side of half-time.

Diss enjoyed a period of continuity and possession throughout the third quarter of the game and should have come away with points from their endeavours.

Stephen Hipwell, John Bergin and Jon Trede all drove at the heart of the home side’s defence for long periods but two interceptions allowed the siege to be thwarted.

And as the game approached its conclusion, Diss not surprisingly began to fall off too many tackles, allowing Brentwood to score three tries in the last five minutes to move well past the half century mark.

Diss were competitive throughout but had to accept that on the day they had been beaten by a much better and well drilled side. It completed an emphatic double for the Essex team who had won the reverse fixture 50-14 at Mackenders back in September.

Lessons will have been learnt and Diss will be looking to respond in a positive fashion in the weeks to come.

There’s a perfect opportunity to bounce back next Saturday with a home game against Old Haberdashers who stand just one point and one place above them.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Diss Mercury visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Diss Mercury staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Diss Mercury account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Diss sport

Yesterday, 09:15

There were only two matches in Division One of the Barnes Print Central & South Norfolk League.

Mon, 14:16

Happy New Year. The turn of the year inspires many of us to set ourselves new fitness goals. For me, it is simply to continue running and to enjoy it. For others, I realise it may serve as the impetus to strap on those running shoes for the first time. So, if you are thinking of taking up running this year, here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way which I hope will help.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Premier Division title race is wide open after a stunning match saw leaders Harleston go down 5-4 at home to third-placed Mulbarton Wanderers.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Diss found Old Haberdashers in outstanding form and failed to respond completely to the challenge.

Most Read

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The halfway point of the Diss and District Table Tennis season has now been reached and the league tables are beginning to show the likely positions at the end of the season.

Read more
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Diss 27, Bishops Stortford 33



RUGBY: It was a warm welcome for visitors Bishops Stortford for the first match of the season at Mackenders.

Straight from the kick-off, a chip over the line was caught, Stortford attacked and their full-back was under the posts for and easy seven points.

Read more
Thursday, July 8, 2010

DISS Squash Club's first team hosted Barnham Broom in a heavyweight Division One clash.

Diss had the luxury of retaining the same side that had a losing draw last week away at Broadlands with Tom Bobbins, Dan Calver, Jack Bell and Alex Williams with Neil Cross still unavailable.

Read more
Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Premier Division title race is wide open after a stunning match saw leaders Harleston go down 5-4 at home to third-placed Mulbarton Wanderers.

Read more
Premier Division
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Diss found Old Haberdashers in outstanding form and failed to respond completely to the challenge.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 1°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter