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Diss put up a fight

PUBLISHED: 16:55 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:19 12 July 2010

Dorking 17, Diss 0

As with five or six rugby matches this season, Diss were in a position to win this one and are certainly appear able to compete with most of the sides at this level.

Dorking 17, Diss 0

As with five or six rugby matches this season, Diss were in a position to win this one and are certainly appear able to compete with most of the sides at this level.

The wind was blowing sideways and the rain was following as the players and hardy band of supporters left Diss for the journey down to Dorking - and the conditions did not improve until just before kick-off.

The wind was blowing up and across the slope on an exposed pitch and the Diss pack soon started to dominate.

As with the match the previous week against Basingstoke the pack were excellent, with the driving of Matt Richards, Tim Groom and Andy Horne the pick of a good first-half performance.

Four penalties awarded to Diss were all missed in the gale-force winds, which was making place-kicking a lottery.

The home side only had one period of pressure in the half when good defence and the turning of the attacker as he crossed the line, saved the day.

Diss did not take advantage of the slope, their pressure and the penalties and the teams turned round with no points on the board.

The second half started with Diss on the front foot but after 10 minutes a flurry of punches from both packs led to only Tim Groom being yellow carded, and the whole complexion of the match changed.

With the man advantage, the pressure began to tell and the home side were suddenly camped in the Diss 25m area.

They soon broke through the defence to score, with a well-judged conversion making the score 7-0.

Despite the introduction of Ali Butler and Pete Chartier, Dorking now had the scent of victory and soon crossed the Diss line again through a converted push-over try, and finished with a penalty in the closing moments.

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