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Back to league for Diss after Vase KO

PUBLISHED: 10:08 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 12 July 2010

Diss Town must pick themselves up from their dramatic FAVase knockout to concentrate on the Ridgeons League, visiting Downham on Saturday and then hosting Team Bury on Tuesday.

Diss Town must pick themselves up from their dramatic FAVase knockout to concentrate on the Ridgeons League, visiting Downham on Saturday and then hosting Team Bury on Tuesday.

Ely City 5, Diss Town 4 (aet)

Despite scoring four goals, to take his personal tally to ten in four games, Xavier Huckle was on the losing side as Diss Town were beaten in a thrilling FA Carlsberg Vase replay on Tuesday, writes Tony Collins.

The sides had drawn 2-2 on the Saturday. Diss goals were from Stuart Garner, who hit a fine left-foot free-kick from 22 yards out to put the Tangerines ahead via a deflection off an Ely player, and a superb Huckle shot.

On Tuesday, Ely took the lead after 110 seconds when a Tony Brown through-ball was not cut out by the advancing Mark Camidge (in goal as Matt Webster suffered two broken bones near his left eye socket on Saturday), and Grant Robbins had time to control and shoot in.

Paul Nichols headed wide with a great chance and Robbins should have scored just before half-time.

Just 90 seconds into the second half Stephen Bell broke down the left and crossed low for Nick Impey to make it 2-0 from close range.

In the 59th minute a long clearance from Camidge was not cut out and Huckle raced clear and rounded Pacey before shooting in.

Within a minute Ely had restored their two-goal lead when Impey broke clear and floated the ball over Camidge and into the corner.

Burton and Ben Soanes combined down the middle in the 73rd minute for Huckle to bring the ball under control and fire in from 18 yards out. Eight minutes later he completed his hat-trick for 3-3.

The Tangerines added another two minutes into extra time when Steve Wright had a shot blocked by Pacey and his follow-up effort was kicked off the line. Huckle collected the loose ball and shot in from 12 yards out.

Robbie Mason made it 4-4 for Ely a minute later. Twenty-four minutes into extra time Mason was sent clear to net the winner.

The defeat means Diss will have no game on Saturday, October 3.

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