Diss put up a fight

Diss 16, Old Albanians 17Diss went into their latest rugby match full of confidence after their emphatic win against Sutton and Epsom.Diss started on the front foot yet again with two quick penalties awarded to them, but Chris Beaird was unable to convert either into points.

Diss 16, Old Albanians 17

Diss went into their latest rugby match full of confidence after their emphatic win against Sutton and Epsom.

Diss started on the front foot yet again with two quick penalties awarded to them, but Chris Beaird was unable to convert either into points.

Following a good run down the line by Alex Kelsall, the pack powered towards the Old Albanians line, with the ball being grounded by Deaglan Hall, but the conversion was missed.

Fifteen minutes later yet another penalty led to Chris Beaird finding his range for his first points.

Diss were then repeatedly penalised for infringements, which led to the Old Albanians number 10 scoring three penalties, and with a quick pass out from the pack he was able to run through the Diss defence to score in the corner, but he was unable to convert. Half time score 8-14.

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The second half began with another successful penalty kick from Chris Baird, but then the referee, who had been prominent throughout, started to influence the game more, with not all his decisions being agreed with by the players and the crowd.

Three Old Albanians and the Diss captain Deaglan Hall were yellowed carded, but only one penalty was scored by Old Albanians.

With five minutes to go Alex Kelsall was released on the left-wing to score in the corner, but again the conversion was not taken. This set up a frantic last few minutes, where Diss were threatening the line, with the result hinging on the last kick of the game, when Chris Beaird just missed the right hand post with his penalty kick.

Old Albanians were a big strong side, especially in the pack, and have had some close results with some of the better sides in the league, so for the Diss team to put up such a performance bodes well for the rest of the season.

Diss also picked a losing bonus point, which could be vital come the end of the season.

This week they play one of the sides below them in the league, Haywoods Heath, so another strong performance will be needed.

The Saracens, who played before the first-team game, were trying to get their season up and running following a series of losses in the later stages of all their matches.

They lost 31-5 to The Old Albanians side that are top of the league. Diss dominated in the pack but were beaten by a series of breakaway tries from the visitors, who were averaging over 80 points per game.

It must only be a question of time before the Saracens get their first win.

Diss III 45, Holt II 14

DISS' first try came after prolonged pressure from the kick off with Chris 'Sooty' Smith crashing through from a tap penalty off loading to Owen Atkinson to dab down over the whitewash, converted by Seb Goodge.

From then on the first half was dominated by the Badgers with a penalty try and then scores out wide by Shaun Williamson, Dan Witting, Nas Girgin and a storming run through the centre by James Nicholls. Goodge confirmed his position as the clubs top points scorer with five conversions.

The second half was a different story with Holt gaining the ascendancy after a yellow card was produced towards a Diss player for constant infringement at the ruck and they were also awarded a penalty try.

Soon after and before the binning of the first player was over a second yellow was shown to a Diss forward. Then a rash decision from the referee produced a red card for another Diss forward. During this period Holt scored their second using the huge overlap they were able to easily create.

Things settled a little and the Blues topped off the afternoon with a try created by the pack from Holts possession shipping the ball to Goodge who put Atkinson away on the wing and after a clever 'show and go' went round his opposite number then passed to inside to Alistaire Thomas who had a free run under the posts.

Diss III hope to keep their 100 percent record in next week's game against North Walsham III.

Diss U13 43, Stowmarket 0

DISS scored three tries in the first half and five tries in the second half securing a comfortable win. This was the U13's first competitive game on a full-size pitch with 15 players as they left the world of mini rugby behind. Tries by Andrew Kirby, William Dickinson, Jack Halliwell, Toby and Tomas Bell-Tye, Alistair Child and Troy Hails.

Diss U11 0, Woodbridge 0

At the Woodbridge Development Festival on Sunday, Diss faced a team, more than eager to do well in their own festival. From the start Diss defended well with great tackling from fly half Harvey Baker, and forwards Anthony Brown and Sam Richards disrupting the Woodbridge attack and preventing any score in the first half.

A fine catch from new boy Ed Woolatt allowed Diss to attack, good probing runs from scrum-half Tom Webster and wing Daniel Baxter caused the Woodbridge defence to work very hard.

Despite excellent scrummaging a line-out work from the forwards Diss could not get the score they deserved.