“Benny (Jazzman) Goodman”
Diss 3rds brought their league campaign to the fore at the weekend with a convincing, even if the score line suggests something different, win over the students of Norwich. Benny Goodman captaining Diss for the 250th time made enforced changes through injuries and unavailability particularly Steve Maqueen coming into the fly half position and Josh Marlow coming into the outside centre channel.
The forwards had more changes with John Llewellyn continuing his comeback after maternity leave and Pete Lemon returned after he was given the all clear from the hospital to resume playing rugby again. The UEA blitzed Diss in the first ten minutes with fast attacking play and were soon two tries to the good as the more experienced Diss pack took time to settle and get into the game. After the second try Diss regrouped and found a settled pace to play against the student, especially attacking the blindside through Paul Cayley and John Alexander.
The following 60 minutes produced 29 points unanswered as Diss bashed and bruised their way up the pitch on various occasions giving the students hardly no ball to play their fast attacking game. First try was Paul Cayley from close range and this was quickly followed by John Webster again going over from close range after good lineout work by Llewellyn. Again Diss continued with the sniping runs of Dougie Moir coming into effect and the crashing up of Maqueen and Marlow.
Will Foote even at his advancing years began pulling the strings from the back row only to annoy the students with his great breakdown work.
A third try followed by a rampaging run through the middle by John Alexander who couldn’t be touched all afternoon and as the ref blew the whistle for half time Diss were on top. Second half the game continued the same was as Diss starved UEA of any ball and two more tries were scored through John Webster and Alexander who finished off another try to go with his normal brace a game. The UEA managed to get back in the game with a couple of tries late on but crucially Diss scored a penalty through Naz Girgin which took Diss too far away for the UEA to catch up even though they scored again with the last play of the game.
Updated 09:53 - 7 Nov 2018 by Alan Gittins