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Narrow win for Diss

PUBLISHED: 15:53 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:52 12 July 2010

Diss recorded their third league win of the year with a narrow 15-14 victory over Chingford by scoring three tries to two.

The margin would suggest that this was a hard-fought victory, but in the second half Diss could and should have converted several other chances.

Diss 15, Chingford 14

Diss recorded their third league win of the year with a narrow victory over Chingford by scoring three tries to two.

The margin would suggest that this was a hard-fought victory, but in the second half Diss could and should have converted several other chances.

Fielding a side that was minus six regular first team players inevitably affected the hosts, but the coaching staff will have taken many positives from this performance.

Diss dominated the early exchanges and following a penalty they gained good line-out possession on the five metre line. The pack drove forward, and after re-cycling the ball a couple of times went over the Chingford line for No 8 Andy Horne to score an unconverted try. The ref then adjudged prop Matt Richards to have high tackled and showed him a yellow card. Diss were forced to reshuffle at the next scrum, and Horne was temporarily withdrawn so that Josh Williams could go on as replacement prop.

Chingford began to launch some menacing attacks. The visitors received a series of penalty awards after Diss were caught offside and in the end forced their way over the line for their fly-half Pearton to score near the posts. He converted his own try to give the visitors a two point lead.

With the home side back to full strength, some momentum returned to the Diss game. After turning over an opposition scrum on the 22, the Diss pack rumbled forward and eventually crossed the try-line for hooker Gideon Rossouw to score left of the posts. Once again the conversion was missed.

Just six minutes later Chingford's fly-half neatly side-stepped around tackles before passing to inside centre Child who scored behind the posts. Pearton added the conversion to give the visitors a four point lead at half-time.

Diss restarted the game and after just eight minutes were rewarded for their efforts. The Chingford fly-half had his defensive kick charged down by Diss scrum-half Pete Chartier, who skilfully gathered the ball to score right of the posts, but although they changed their kicker, it went unconverted.

Having gained a narrow lead, Diss were keen to build on it, and forced the visitors to defend for long periods of the second half but the final whistle was blown with Diss scraping home by just one point.

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