Confident Diss keep the foot on the gas at the top of the table
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016
Diss travelled in confident mood although Woodford had been strong at home all season, having only lost one game.
Woodford enjoyed the early phases and a series of mistakes from Diss resulted in a try after two minutes. Diss responded with a quick penalty from McClure and then, following good play, a try from Hipwell put Diss into the lead.
Woodford continued to pressure Diss and a failed exit strategy gave them the opportunity to knock over a penalty to make it 8-8. Diss played well off first phase all game and were soon back on top with a well-executed converted try from McClure but mistakes allowed Woodford to remain in the game and they knocked over a second penalty to trail 15-11.
With the game beginning to settle, LeLievre spotted a gap behind the defence and with a wonderful chip over the top from Leeder, LeLievre fielded the ball to score unopposed for 22-11. After a further penalty from McClure, Diss produced the try of the match. After a solid line-out win, Hipwell gave a lovely switch to Burroughs who straightened through the defensive line, and in turn drew the last man to feed Wilby to score the bonus point try under the posts for 32-11. Woodford started the second half in resurgent form and immediately put Diss under pressure and a penalty allowed Woodford to reduce the gap. Once again Diss responded and a mazy run from Hipwell and offload to Laurie gave Diss their fifth try.
Continuous infringements by Diss gave the referee no option but to yellow card Richards and reduce Diss to 14. The extra man had an effect and Woodford scored their second try of the game to make it 39-19.
The ability of Diss to attack space from all areas of the pitch and the confidence to offload in the tackle, meant that 20 minutes into the second half the game opened up. During that period, five turnovers resulted in five tries. Laurie scored the first with Hipwell, Beaird, Lelievre and Beaird again, completing the scores for a final tally of 66-19.
Overall Diss played with good tempo. Their ability to quickly recycle the ball caused havoc for the home side and they left South Essex worthy winners. With three games to go they need to continue pressing the accelerator and make sure the 'hand brake' isn't applied.