Seventh successive win for title hopefuls Diss
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Diss maintained their position as one of the title contenders with a hard fought and ultimately deserved victory against Enfield Ignations.
The hosts were competitive throughout the game and deserve great credit for the way in which they stretched a dominant Diss side, who continue to record positive results away from home.
The early exchanges were very even and highlighted the fact that a strong cross-wind would ultimately play a key role in the outcome of the encounter.
Enfield opened the scoring with a penalty after 15 minutes following sustained pressure at the breakdown. Diss responded in a most positive fashion by attacking through their back division.
On the 20-minute mark Giles West fielded a high kick and set off into the opposition half. Superb handling between Josh Ludkin and Jack Keppel sent winger Dougie Moir through to score a superb opening try for the visitors.
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Enfield responded following another Diss infringement at a ruck to increase their lead to 6-5 with half-time approaching. Following a successful lineout take close to the Diss line Enfield set up a secure rolling maul that crashed over to give the home side an 11-5 lead at the break.
Diss started the second half in the ascendancy and pressured the Enfield half with an attacking style that augured well for the remainder of the game. With honours continuing to be even up front, the Diss three quarters, led by Jack Peacock, Jamie Burroughs, Keppel and man of the match Josh Ludkin, were beginning to swing the game in the visitors' favour.
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After being awarded a penalty, the ever-present Ryan Carter set off with the ball and fed Ludkin who found Moir in space on the left. For the second time in the match, Moir took his try exceedingly well to bring Diss to within one point of the Enfield total.
The strength of the wind allowed Diss to pressurise Enfield at regular intervals. Perhaps at times Diss tried to over-complicate matters and failed to release quality ball when overlaps were on offer.
However, following a super break from Burroughs supported by Peacock, prop forward Peter Bray found himself with the ball just inside the opposition 22-metre line. Showing an amazing turn of speed Bray sprinted to the line to score what proved to be the decisive score of the game.
With 10 minutes remaining Enfield attacked from their own half, but forthright Diss defence and tactical kicking from Peacock and Keppel maintained pressure deep into the Enfield half, allowing Diss the opportunity to see out the win.