Diss show they can compete with top teams in league

Diss apply some pressure on high-flying Amersham & Chiltern at Mackenders. Picture: John Grist

Diss apply some pressure on high-flying Amersham & Chiltern at Mackenders. Picture: John Grist - Credit: Archant

Diss produced a performance that again highlighted the fact that when playing at their best they can compete with the most accomplished sides in the league.

For the first 30 minutes Diss played with a determination and continuity not seen for many weeks.

From the outset they strung together a series of sweeping attacks that culminated in Connor McBryde scoring a confidence boosting try which Barnaby Chenery converted.

With 12 minutes played Alex Leader broke through to set up a series of forward drives that allowed the ball to be taken around the corner to set up a Matt Richards try. Chenery converted again to give the home side a clear lead.

The Diss forwards were in an unforgiving mood with Stephen Hipwell, John Bergin, Jon Trede and Ali Abercrombie all very much to the fore. This authority allowed the three-quarters to express themselves and a series of flowing movements orchestrated by Warren Wilby and Fraser Hall sent Isaiah Hooper over to give the home side a 19-point lead. Amersham then entered the Diss 22 for the first time and came away with a beautifully constructed try of their own.

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Early Diss pressure in the second half proved a false dawn. Possession was lost far too easily, allowing the Amersham three quarters the opportunity to attack from deep. Poor alignment and execution in defence meant Amersham scored a second try, thus reducing the deficit to five points. Controlling the ball at the breakdown and threatening whenever in possession, the visitors scored a third try on 55 minutes to draw the scores level but compared to recent performances Diss showed commendable resilience to stay in the game.

Chenery slotted a further penalty to give the home side the advantage once more but Amersham responded almost immediately to bring the scores level again. Both sides then fought to get their noses in front again but Diss found themselves hanging on for dear life at the end and were certainly happy to hear the final whistle as a wonderful game ended with honours even.

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