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Diston in form as Evesham fall
12:40pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in Sport
EVESHAM crashed to a 20-19 defeat to Southam in their opening Midlands Three West (South) clash of the season at Lower Albert Road.
After a tense opening encounter, the first chance fell to Evesham after a high tackle on Dan Humpston at the base of a scrum. Mike Diston slotted the ball over for three points.
This pressure seemed to spur on Southam and, after a couple of phases, Evesham were caught creeping in the middle of park and the penalty was given.
The Southam fly-half, with some good form off the tee, made it 3-3.
In a game where the momentum was swinging from one side to the other, a nice set play move in the centres gave Evesham’s Alex Jackson enough time on the ball to offer a cheeky back-hand pass to Zac Reid who, despite still having a lot to do, managed to burst through the centre and round the fullback.
Mike Diston’s conversion made it 10-3.
Southam reacted well to going down in the game and started to exert some pressure on the hosts with strong running through both forwards and backs.
Through a strong line-out and drive, Southam’s winger went over in the corner. The visitors then drew level.
The game was clearly going to be won by only a small margin and both sides were defending knowing full well that one slip would possibly cost the game.
In anticipation, Southam were caught creeping at the ruck this time and allowed Diston to easily convert to nudge the hosts ahead. After a solid Southam scrum, they were able to execute a wellrehearsed move to allow the winger a relatively easy run in out wide.
But from a difficult conversion, they were unable to capitalise making it only a two-point difference at 13-15.
Diston slotted home a penalty to see Evesham grab a 16-15 lead.
He repeated this feat soon after to see his side edge further away at 19-15.
However, in the final few moments, Evesham had cleared their line from a penalty resulting in a host line-out on the halfway line.
This was turned over by a strong Southam line-out and, from good counter running, they were able to keep the ball for a few phases and ship the ball wide for an unconverted score.
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