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Diss Thirds in commanding form

PUBLISHED: 08:47 05 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:57 12 July 2010

Diss Thirds comprehensively beat Wisbech 26-10.

With three rugby teams playing at home and only two pitched available, Diss' third string had an early kick off against a team they knew would be hard to break down as the last meeting at Wisbech was the infamous 0-0 extravaganza.

Diss Thirds comprehensively beat Wisbech 26-10.

With three rugby teams playing at home and only two pitched available, Diss' third string had an early kick off against a team they knew would be hard to break down as the last meeting at Wisbech was the infamous 0-0 extravaganza.

The Blues fielded a very changed team from the away game with some old heads brought in and some very much younger players joining the throng.

Diss started the brighter and camped themselves in the oppositions half through tough forward work-rate and breaks from Josh Self and James Chapman, the former in his first game in two years.

As with the game at Wisbech, the opposition's poor discipline at the breakdown meant that Diss managed to come away with six points kicked by Ben Askew before the break and very unfortunate not to be more ahead as Fergus Newman was disallowed a try.

At half-time U17 player Gareth Watts came on at second row for Peter Key but 10 minutes into the second half a bad shoulder injury to Owen Atkinson meant that another U17, Alex Crayton came on in the backs with Will Baldwin moving into the back row.

Neil Weedon, at fly-half, kept feeding Tim Goodge to power his way time and time again through players who seemed to bounce off at all angles and gained Diss good ground.

The third of the U17s, and man of the match, Shaun Williamson at scrum-half was sacking the Wisbech nine at every opportunity and most impressively marshalling and barracking the forwards in front of him all over the park.

With 10 minutes to go William's compatriot, Crayton, launched a ball for him to chase down and score the first try in the corner (unconverted).

Wisbech seemed to tire and the work of the forwards Vince Cooke and Mark Dungar cleared the rucks with vigour for Williamson to create chances. Outside centre Benny Goodman pounced on one of these for a try out on the left (again unconverted).

With time running out there was another penalty for Askew then it was the turn of Crayton to speed down the wing and turn to score under the posts which Askew converted.


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