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Diss clinch title

PUBLISHED: 10:02 23 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:03 12 July 2010

Diss won their final game of the season against Letchworth to clinch the London Two North title.

Letchworth provided tough opposition but once Diss had scored an early try they never looked back and can now look forward to battling it out with North Walsham next season for the unofficial title of Norfolk's top club.

Diss won their final game of the season against Letchworth to clinch the London Two North title.

Letchworth provided tough opposition but once Diss had scored an early try they never looked back and can now look forward to battling it out with North Walsham next season for the unofficial title of Norfolk's top club.

In their first real attack of the game Diss gained good line-out possession inside the opposition half.

The ball was spun down the backline and winger Alex Kelsall cut inside to produce a blistering run, leaving opposition players in his wake as he scored a glorious try under the posts.

Skipper Adam Williamson converted.

Letchworth mounted some attacks of their own but Diss held firm and they scored again on the half hour mark.

A penalty resulted in the hosts gaining useful possession from a line-out on the opposition 22.

Fly-half Pete Chartier slipped a good inside pass to Deaglan Hall who managed to cross the line, only for the ball to be held up.

From the resulting scrum the Diss pack pushed over the line, only to be held up again.

However they recycled the ball and this time Hall managed to squeeze over to score a second Diss try.

The conversion was pushed wide but the lead was increased five minutes before half-time when the Williamson converted a penalty.

Harvey Howman then demonstrated his pace as he crossed the Diss line to score an unconverted try near the right corner. But the hosts hit back as props Matt Richards and Tim Groom demonstrated their power.

It was the latter who grounded the ball near the left corner and although the try was not converted, Diss reached half-time with a 15 point lead.

Diss quickly moved further ahead after the break when Rick Holt fed second row Andrew Horne, who made a determined run and scored an unconverted try near the left corner.

Midway way through the half the lead increased again. Fly-half Pete Chartier dropped back to attempt a drop goal which sailed between the posts.

Letchworth proved that they were not going to concede easily and their replacement centre scored a good individual try under the posts. This was converted by full-back Henry Robinson.

The final score of the afternoon came when Diss full-back Chris Beaird passed to winger Andy Thorpe, who burst through the opposition defence at pace to score a fifth try.

When the referee blew the final whistle scenes of jubilation followed as the crowd joined their heroes to celebrate a superb achievement.

Final score: Diss 33, Letchworth Garden City 12.

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