Diss boss praises team as they gun to go up

Robert Taylor has praised his young Diss team for playing for pride, rather than for money, as the Tangerines look to clinch promotion to the Ridgeons Premier Division this weekend.

Victory at Godmanchester Rovers will guarantee Diss a place in the top flight next season – and if they follow that up with three points in the big Easter Monday clash at home to Gorleston, who secured promotion last weekend, then the title could be on its way to Brewers Green Lane.

Taylor has taken Diss to second place on a shoestring budget – but says it has been worth it.

'At the end of the day Gorleston are a good side,' said Taylor. 'They have some boys from Lowestoft there and it's shown where they are in the league. We have done it on a very limited budget this year. The boys are getting paid next to nothing – they want to play football and they want to win every game they can and it's nice having a bunch of lads that are honest and not just turning up for money.

'I'm not having a dig at anyone – it is just nice having players who want to pay football not just for the money.

'That's the biggest thing for me – we don't have one big-time Charlie at the football club and it is nice that the lads listen and take things on board.

'There is always one know it all, but we haven't got it – if we did they'd be down the road.

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'The problem with young sides is that you get inconsistency sometimes, plus we haven't got a big squad of players, and when you get a couple of injuries it does hit you hard.

'We try and bring players in from the reserve team and make them better players, but you can see that they are not quite up to it – we didn't have time to nurture anybody into the first team.

Taylor added: 'You can't just try someone and risk losing a game of football, you have to try and win every game you can.

'We went through a stage of having six or seven players missing and we went on a losing run in October time and then when everyone was back available we went on a nice little run and pulled ourselves back in there.'

Diss beat Thetford 2-0 on Saturday to make it seven wins out of their last eight games, and Taylor is hoping they can continue their form on Saturday and then provide the home crowd with a football feast on Monday.

'It's been a long old season for the young boys we have got and they have done very well,' he said. 'If we can get the win on Saturday to ensure we are up we can relax for the last two games. Promotion is the biggest thing for us.

'If we win on Saturday and if we can follow Gorleston up it will be interesting by the time we play them on Monday. Both teams can relax and enjoy themselves and hopefully it will be a good, entertaining game.'