Diss bow out with another heavy defeat

BISHOP'S STORTFORD 67, DISS 5: Diss completed their miserable National League Three London & South East campaign with a heavy defeat at Bishop's Stortford.

The home side registered their first points after just five minutes, as second row Hamish Irving crossed for a try under the posts. Scrum-half Tom Banks converted, as he did five minutes later when flanker Richard Gill took full advantage of poor tackling to cross the line.

The third try came after 15 minutes, when winger Simon Wasley barged his way over.

The hosts then added a bonus point try as Knowles went over close to the posts and Banks again converted.

Knowles added another try seven minutes later, with Banks this time missing the conversion attempt.

There was enough time in the first half for Gill's second try after Wasley had seized on a Diss handling error and burst forward to commit the visitors' last defender and set the flanker clear. Banks' conversion took the half-time score to 38-0.

An opportunistic try by Wasley out wide kept the scoreboard moving within five minutes of the restart, before Banks scored possibly the try of the match, and added the conversion.

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Another converted try followed eight minutes later, when full-back Phil Williams scored under the posts and Gill completed his hat-trick, running in from 20 yards to round off a slick move from a quickly taken line-out.

The visitors continued to battle impressively despite being clearly outgunned, and they broke away to score a try after winger Alex Crayton regathered his own high kick to cross out wide.

This score seemed to sting Stortford into life and two minutes later, Harris concluded the scoring with a try.