Saracens defeated at champions in final game of league season
PUBLISHED: 17:08 28 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:08 28 March 2017
Diss Saracens travelled to Fakenham for their last league game of the season, this being Saracens' ultimate last challenge as it was against the league leaders.
Diss went into the last fixture in second place trailing by five points, but well behind on points difference and were up against it, eventually losing 19-10.
The last game of the season was highly competitive and quite brutal at times with a lot of physical exchanges with ball in hand throughout the game.
It was an impressive game to watch with three yellow cards, 39 points scored and the top two teams in the league fighting for dominance.
Fakenham were first to score through some good attacking lines and also some poor defence. This was a wake up call and 25 minutes in Diss were creating havoc, running through Fakenham’s defence.
But after six to eight phases of open play, Diss couldn’t come away with any points.
Diss, however, carried on piling on the pressure which resulted in a couple of penalties, which after two attempts Adam Goymour, Diss captain, opted to kick for posts and added three points for 5-3.
After some solid defence Diss denied Fakenham and turned away with Matt Trede running from inside Diss’ 22 to score an almost length-of-the-field try, which Adam Goymour converted to make it 10-5 to Diss at half time.
The second half was all Diss’ pressure and with Henry Passmore, Freddie Cornish and Joe Kindleysides all able subs to come on and provide fresh legs to a tiring side who had not played a fixture for a couple of weeks.
Throughout the second half, there were numerous scraps after infringements resulting in possession swaying towards Fakenham and Jacob Page being sin binned for being off his feet with ball in hand which did not help the cause. This resulted in Fakenham coming away with a converted score making it 12-10.
After that, Diss found it hard to get back into the game and Fakenham came away with another score and conversion to make it 19-10.
This was to be the final result and whilst a disappointing result, Saracens can hold their heads up high after a solid season, despite challenges with availability and lack of training, to put themselves in a position to be promoted due to the Essex sides coming out of the Eastern Counties League.