Diss battle to victory
Diss recorded their first league win of the year with a battling performance against opponents who were not going to concede easily. The highlight of the 38-20 win over Woodford was a six-try count, two of which were scored in emphatic style by winger Alex Kelsall on his return from injury.
Diss recorded their first league win of the year with a battling performance against opponents who were not going to concede easily.
The highlight of the 38-20 win over Woodford was a six-try count, two of which were scored in emphatic style by winger Alex Kelsall on his return from injury.
Diss went ahead after Kelsall had been halted by a neck-high tackle from the Woodford hooker who received a yellow card. The penalty reached touch on the five-metre line and from the resulting line-out the pack gathered the ball and crossed the line for hooker Richard Horne to score the first try of the game, which was not converted.
Just five minutes later the lead was reduced when a penalty was converted by Woodford fly-half Nick Ford, who quickly doubled his tally to give the visitors a 6-3 lead.
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Diss were still enjoying the majority of possession, and in a swift backs move the ball once again reached Kelsall who went on a trademark run down the left wing, beating four opposition players in the process, before scoring a glorious try in the corner.
The conversion was narrowly missed. Shortly before half-time it was the visitors' turn to concede a penalty, and once again Diss chose to go for the five metre line-out.
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They were again able to get good possession and momentum to power over the line for prop Tim Groom to score the third Diss try. Skipper Adam Williamson converted a difficult kick to make the the score 17-6 at the break.
With the second half just four minutes old Diss scored the best try of the game, and probably the season.
This time Kelsall received the ball in his own half before setting off at pace. He managed to avoid seven defenders before scoring to the right of the posts. His skipper converted the penalty to give Diss an 18-point advantage but the visitors refused to buckle.
A series of missed tackles saw Woodford winger Adam Duffy score a try in the corner which his fly-half converted. The Woodford hooker intercepted a line-out and passed to lock Ben Williams who scored a converted try.
Late on, from five-metre scrums Andy Horne scored a try, which his skipper converted then Adam Williamson added another try.