A combination of conditions, late arrival, player unavailability/injury and a touch of complacency were Fakenham's undoing in this tough encounter at Diss. Diss started much better on an extremely wet and muddy pitch which first sight said there was to be little running rugby played and were soon rewarded with a well worked try, aided by some unusually disorganised defence from Fakenham. Eventually Fakenham woke up and began to try to assert themselves back into the game but they could never get the cohesion they have demonstrated in other games in either defence or attack. Diss competed heavily at every breakdown and played the conditions far better. Before half time Adam Lingwood received a yellow card for a perceived deliberate knock on which baffled evertone, and an injury to the impressive Ben Butterfield that removed him from the field and forced changes to an already stretched team who had so far managed to stay in the game with two penalties from Lloyd Marshall.
The second half continued in a similar vein to the first with Fakenham's lack of
organisation being slightly made up for with pure effort. Things went from bad to worse when a try that everyone on the pitch (including the Diss players) thought Colin Marshall had scored from a driving lineout, was unfortunately disallowed by the referee. Had this been allowed a very different game could have followed, unfortunately Fakenham's heads seemed to drop slightly at this point and Diss capitalised on their continued good luck. Three more yellow cards, two for Fakenham and one for Diss, continued to prevent Fakenham from getting any continuity and the frustration was obvious in the team and reflected in their game play. A very tired Fakenham finished the match and from the changing room discussion had learned much from the game, so despite it ending their unbeaten run it will hopefully be an educational experience that will deliver positives in future games.