West Norfolk suffer derby defeat to Norfolk rivals Diss
West Norfolk 21 Diss 25
West Norfolk paid the price for not making their early domination count as they lost an entertaining encounter to Norfolk rivals Diss on Saturday.
The Gatehouse Lane outfit were dominated in the opening quarter but failed to register a try despite being quick out of the blocks.
West Norfolk welcomed back Tane Dunn in the centre and Dan Stephenson to the flank with James Dobbler moving back to No.8 in the absence of Jamie Williamson.
Unfortunately, during the warm up a nasty injury to Michael Skinner meant that Paul Denton would step in at the last minute to maintain his 20 year run of first team appearances for the club.
Head coach Aaron Beaumont said: "This was a slightly frustrating game in many ways.
"We dominated the first 20 minutes without scoring a try but Diss were able to score with their first real attacking play.
"This then sparked us into life to score two tries in quick succession with the second being a great team try with lots of support and good offloads."
Beaumont added: "We were second best for most of the second half due to our own handling errors and missed tackles. We did however keep fighting and got ourselves back in the game with a try near the end to leave us four points behind.
"Unfortunately the error at the lineout from the penalty cost us the game. We need to address the handling errors and missed tackles considerably to have a chance of winning next week at South Woodham Ferrers."
With quick ball from the ruck, Diss took the lead against the run of play when their fly-half would quickly distributed the ball out wide for their winger to score
Excellent tackling by captain Henry Rust and flanker Will Greenwood would present the opportunity to earn a penalty for the host which was kicked for the corner.
With the safe hands of Dan Stephenson returning to the side, West caught and drove from the lineout eventually resulting in Rust scurrying over for the host's first score of the afternoon, converted by Moses.
West Norfolk then scored perhaps the try of the season so far.
Catching the ball on the clubhouse side of the pitch, Dobbler crashed the ball forward before offloading to Bridges and then Blackmur.
With quick ball at the ruck, scrum-half Olly Denton quickly passed the other way to Greenwood and then Costa, who had his own bulldozing run through the Diss defence before offloading back to Greenwood.
With space ahead of him Wicks received the ball before a final pass to Joe-Lewis Mitchell who raced through to score under the posts, converted by Moses.
With the first half coming to a close and West Norfolk receiving a yellow card for a dangerous tackle, Diss took full advantage to score out wide to lead at 17-14 half time.
The visitors increased their lead early in the second half and was added to with a converted penalty a few minutes later.
In true derby style, West refused to give up as they muscled their way into the Diss 22-metre line.
With two minutes to go and after a huge number of phases, Dunn joined the forwards in the mix and powered over to bring the score within four points.
Adrian Flux man-of-the-match was Craig Blackmur.
Tomorrow, West Norfolk travel to South Woodham Ferrers while the seconds are on the road at Lakenham Hewitt.