Diss return home from Surrey empty-handed

DORKING 30, DISS 8: For the second week running Diss played one of the unbeaten teams at the top of the league and came away pointless.

The Norfolk side have unfortunately been ravaged with injuries, although there are a few promising young players heading for first team recognition. One of them, Alex Crayton, came into the side at fly-half and acquitted himself well.

For the first 20 minutes honours were even, with both sides scoring a penalty. Then an interception on the Diss 25 saw Dorking score the first of their four tries. The conversion was missed and for the next 10 minutes play remained between the 10 yard lines in the centre of the pitch.

A break out by the home side was thwarted by the Diss defence when the home winger was forced into touch. Then a quick throw in was taken which resulted in a try for Dorking and a yellow card for Tim Groom for tackling in open play.

The referee had not seen that the line-out was formed, nor that the throw in should have been to Diss, so the try stood and was duly converted to extend the Surrey side's lead.

The second half saw a lot of pressure from Diss, during which Groom went over for a typical try.

The rest of the game was stopped at regular intervals for the referee to hand out yellow cards to both teams, and Dorking scored two more tries.

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Next week Diss face another tough game at home to Ampthill, who have won four of their five fixtures so far.