A job well done for Diss
Diss put in a much-improved performance to record an eighth consecutive league win, beating Woodford 23-8.On a heavy pitch and in very wet conditions they executed a game plan that achieved dominance in the scrum and allowed the backs to flourish.
Diss put in a much-improved performance to record an eighth consecutive league win, beating Woodford 23-8.
On a heavy pitch and in very wet conditions they executed a game plan that achieved dominance in the scrum and allowed the backs to flourish.
The Diss forwards were soon able to make strong progress upfield and cross the five metre line. The pressure told as the pack crossed the line, with prop Tim Groom grounding the ball after just two minutes.
The conversion was narrowly missed, but Diss thought that they had put down a marker.
Unfortunately, as has happened in several games this season, they started to give away penalties. After missing one, Woodford fly-half Nick Ford made no mistake with his second attempt.
The visitors continued to enjoy the majority of territory and possession, and added to their lead in the 19th minute. Having made a lot of ground, the pack again recycled the ball after a maul was brought down, and soon crossed the try line for Groom to score his second try of the game. Full-back Chris Beaird overcame the difficult conditions to make the conversion.
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In the second half Woodford kicked off, and the ball was caught by fly-half Zac Seaward, who launched the ball upfield, but was hit by a late tackle. Beaird converted the resulting penalty to further increase the Diss lead.
This seemed to motivate Woodford as they began their best phase of play in the match and winger Simo Sigakelele was able to outpace the Diss defence to scored an unconverted try.
A knee injury forced Beaird to leave the field, and he was replaced by Andy Thorpe at full-back. The Woodford cause became more difficult when flanker Ed Gooday was yellow carded by the referee for persistent offside.
Diss increased the pressure on their opponents, and the forwards made a good break. The ball was spun out to Thorpe. who drew an opponent before timing his pass to perfection.
Winger Alex Kelsall chose a great running line before scoring in the corner. Skipper Adam Williamson narrowly missed the conversion.
After a promising attack was brought to a halt when Woodford went off their feet and killed the ball, Diss were awarded a penalty in front of the opposition posts.
Williamson made no mistake to increased the Diss lead to 15 points.
This was to be the final score of the game, and the visitors took much satisfaction from a job well done.