Exciting game christens new clubhouse

AN exciting and open game of rugby saw Diss Saracens lose 34-26 to Holt 1sts in the Harrison Cup.

Nine tries were scored in front of a large crowd at Mackenders in what was a fitting way to christen the new clubhouse.

After an extended pre-match speech by new skipper William Foote, the new-look Saracens team made a lethargic start and conceded a try in the opening minutes.

But from the restart, Diss broke out through fly-half Seb Goodge and an excellent off-load out of the tackle created space for Goodman to score under the posts, Chris Beaird adding the conversion for 7-7.

Holt’s forwards began to dominate their opponents and two tries and a penalty duly followed for the visitors who took a commanding 20-7 on the half-hour mark.

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Diss fought back with Goodge putting in an exquisite chip over the defence for the dangerous Josh Ludkin to gather and score another converted try.

With the scores at 20-14 to Holt at the break, the visitors strengthened their lead with two breakaway tries – in between Paul Cayley going over from close range – which put the game beyond their hosts.

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The Diss squad showed the benefit of a gruelling pre-season campaign by finishing the stronger and debutant Tom Harrison scored the game’s final try in the corner.

Although a loss, Diss put in a decent performance against the newly-promoted London league team.

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