Diss impress at higher level
Newly promoted Diss maintained their excellent start in London Two as they beat Welwyn 40-14 to record a second successive victory.Diss were soon in the ascendancy up front and it was no surprise when skipper Adam Williamson converted an early penalty.
Newly promoted Diss maintained their excellent start in London Two as they beat Welwyn 40-14 to record a second successive victory.
Diss were soon in the ascendancy up front and it was no surprise when skipper Adam Williamson converted an early penalty.
From a typical Diss rolling maul the forwards made significant ground in the opposition half and crossed the try line in emphatic style through hooker Richard Horne.
A difficult conversion kick was narrowly missed.
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Just five minutes later, from a position deep in the opposition half, Diss turned over ball from a Welwyn scrum and powered forward with Andy Horne picking up to score in the right corner.
It took just a further four minutes before Diss had a 20-point lead. A swift break-out saw the ball quickly moved down the backs line. The ball reached second row Ollie Marriot, and he made an incisive pass to full-back Andy Thorpe who was unmarked and ran round to score behind the posts.
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There then followed a period of play when the home side seemed to take their foot off the pedal and Gareth Hughes reduced the arrears with a penalty.
The remainder of the first half was a scrappy affair punctuated by frequent blasts of the referee's whistle. But just before the half ended, a Welwyn attack was rewarded after some unusually slack defending from Diss, and scrum-half Craig Gunnel scored an unconverted try in the corner.
In the seventh minute of the second half the Diss lead was further reduced after a penalty was converted by Welwyn but three minutes later Diss converted a penalty of their own when Welwyn were caught offside.
Diss were then temporarily reduced to 14 men after Richard Horne received a yellow card for persistent handling on the floor. Minutes later Welwyn converted a further penalty, reducing the Diss lead to nine points.
Play then switched to the other end of the pitch, and Diss gained a penalty which Williamson gratefully converted. Just two minutes later the home side scored after Thorpe hoisted a kick into the opposition 22 and saw his opposite number miss the ball. He collected and scored in the corner.
Diss fans were further delighted when their skipper converted a difficult kick to increase the lead to 19 points.
The hosts were now re-establishing their earlier domination, and after the forwards turned over possession deep in the Welwyn half, the ball flowed down the back line.
It soon reached centre Williamson, who backed himself and broke through the opposition defence to score a glorious try which he duly converted.