Late rally is not enough for Diss RFC at Romford & Gidea Park

Diss travelled to Romford hoping to get back to winning ways in London 1N but ended the day disappointed, having lost a game they should really have won.

Whilst the final score suggests that the match was close, Diss did not really assert themselves until the last quarter of the game.

The key aspect for Diss this season has been to absorb the early pressure and then attack the opposition in the latter stages of the game.

Unfortunately against Romford the expected comeback came too late in the game and was hindered either side of half time by having two players in the sin bin. Having to play with only 13 men for that period allowed Romford to score three unanswered tries to lead 20-9 at half-time.

James Wyatt had at least slotted three penalties to keep Diss within striking distance.

Diss started the second half in a more determined mood and began to string together a number of phases of play. Wyatt was again successful with a further penalty and the travelling supporters were hoping for a repeat of last season's away victory at Romford.

Sadly for them Romford were able to score a further converted try from a rather controversial position to take a 27-12 lead.

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Coach Simon Hill then moved Jamie Burroughs from scrum half to inside centre which gave the Diss midfield much more forward momentum and ultimately led to John Burgin scoring an unconverted try. Wyatt then added a further penalty to bring the final score to 27-20 to the home side.

Diss had secured a further bonus point but this was yet another game that should have and could have been won.

Tim Groom, Ollie Taylor, Matt Richards and Michael Fuller all had massive games in the forwards whilst Jamie Burroughs and Warren Wilby both strived manfully to give the side direction through the backline.

Diss entertain league leaders Westcliff next Saturday. The coaching team and home support will be demanding a determined, aggressive and positive response from all the players next week.

The Saracens enjoyed a convincing victory against Watton, finally running out clear winners 29-0. The third team staged a remarkable recovery, having been 24-0 down at half time to Sudbury II A fantastic second half performance enabled Diss to finally win 37-27.

n Lowestoft and Yarmouth's difficult season in London 2NE continued on Saturday when they were well beaetn 72-9 at Chelmsford.

It was their eighth defeat in nine matches this term, with the majority of them having been by similarly large margins. As a result L&Y are still on minus one point, courtesy of a points deduction for fielding an ineligible player last season, ahead of Saturday's home clash with second placed South Woodham Ferrers.