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Diss all set for play-off

PUBLISHED: 17:49 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:29 12 July 2010

DISS RFC completed their league programme by recording their third away win in a row, beating hosts Chelmsford 20-3.

They can now look forward to the play-off against Imperial Medicals next Saturday.

DISS RFC completed their league programme by recording their third away win in a row, beating hosts Chelmsford 20-3.

They can now look forward to the play-off against Imperial Medicals next Saturday.

Chelmsford kicked off and were soon awarded a penalty after Diss were caught offside.

Their centre managed to convert it to give them a three point lead. For the next few minutes Diss came under pressure and were forced to defend from deep in their own half.

Their cause was not helped when fly-half Max Horslen received a nasty ankle injury and had to leave the field. This led to the visitors having to re-shuffle and Liam Brown came off the bench but took up the full-back position.

After 20 minutes Diss had started to look a more potent attacking force.

From a scrum on the Chelmsford 22, No 8 Andy Horne picked up the ball from the base and made good ground before offloading to scrum-half Will Hemment who passed to Aaron Bliss on the wing. He was then able to slip the ball inside to the No 8 who then crossed the line to score the first Diss try.

Skipper Adam Williamson converted to put the visitors in the lead.

Diss now began to move the ball at pace, forcing Chelmsford to defend desperately, and they were unlucky not to increase their lead.

However following a five-metre line-out the forwards launched an effective rolling maul. As the pack crossed the line Andy Horne dropped on the ball and scored his second try of the match. This was not converted.

The Diss rhythm was once again disrupted when second row Ollie Marriot suffered a shoulder injury and had to be replaced by Ali Butler moving from flanker.

His place was taken by Will Foote who came off the replacements bench. Just before the half ended the home side again tried to pressure the Diss defence. Once again there seemed to be no way through and the visitors finished the half with a nine point lead.

The second half became a scrappy affair for the first 15 minutes with neither side able to gain an advantage. Diss were able to increase their lead after the Chelmsford pack were penalised by the referee for persistent offside.

Adam Williamson demonstrated what a strong kicker he has become by coolly slotting home the penalty kick from some distance. As the weather conditions deteriorated handling errors affected both sides' abilities to progress.

Chelmsford were not going to give up easily and put the Diss defence to the test on several occasions.

However, Diss continued to launch attacks of their own. With just a few minutes remaining, second row Paul Cayley launched a skyward kick which put the Chelmsford full-back under pressure.

In attempting to make a mark he dropped the ball only to be faced by the ever resourceful Will Foote who picked it up and crossed the line to score an unconverted try.

This was the final score and the Diss coaching team were glad to hear the final whistle blown without incurring any more injuries.

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