Diss 18, Letchworth Garden City 20

Diss suffered their third successive defeat of the season in a match they would have won had they opted to take their late kicks at goal.

After losing tough games against strong Bury St Edmunds and Colchester sides Diss came up against a Letchworth outfit who had won their opening three fixtures.

Diss started well, showing plenty of determination, but after an initial 20 minutes of pressure they allowed a lack of confidence and indecision to creep into their game and a well drilled Letchworth scored twice out wide.

The rally came, true to form, in the second half. Starting 17-3 down, Diss chased the game with tries from Pete Chartier and Michael Fuller, both of which were converted by Chris Beaird.

Hope seemed lost when Crotty received a yellow for not retreating 10 metres but this was cancelled almost immediately by a yellow for a Letchworth second row.

A penalty for Letchworth meant the last five minutes of the game were a flurry of activity and Diss will rue the fact that they did not take a kick at the three penalties they received which would have seen them win this game.

Diss Saracens were involved in a complete miss-match with Lakenham Hewett, winning 112-5. Liam Brown back from university, ran in five tries while James Nichols, Matt Trede and Adam Rogers scored two apiece.

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Woodbridge 18, Crusaders 22

Crusaders emerged with the spoils in a close fought Eastern Counties League game.

Woodbridge opened the scoring with a penalty in the opening exchanges but Crusaders hit back with two quick scores through George Smith and Stuart Cameron, one of which was converted by Tristan Smith.

Woodbridge fought back and scored a penalty and a further try when the Crusaders' defence went to sleep from a long clearance. Smith scored a further penalty to ensure Crusaders had the lead at half-time.

Immediately after the break Woodbridge, who had enjoyed the lion's share of possesion, crashed over through their No 8 and took the lead for the first time in the game.

Then quick thinking Crusaders hooker Scott Vennes put Peter Blinkhorn in for a try under the posts which Smith converted.

Crusaders held out under extreme pressure from the home side for the remainer of the half to record a valuable away victory.

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