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Diss buoyed by first win

PUBLISHED: 09:38 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:37 12 July 2010

Diss Town, after gaining their first league win of the season, host Downham this Saturday hoping to keep the momentum going.

Tuesday night's performance - beating Debenham Leisure Centre 3-2 was hailed by Diss manager Rob Taylor as “full of battling qualities and well deserved for the way we battered them in the second half.

Diss Town, after gaining their first league win of the season, host Downham this Saturday hoping to keep the momentum going.

Tuesday night's performance - beating Debenham Leisure Centre 3-2 was hailed by Diss manager Rob Taylor as “full of battling qualities and well deserved for the way we battered them in the second half.

“We had two penalties and could easily have been awarded a third as I think the foul was inside the penalty area rather than just outside. We now need to take this forward in our next few games.”

Injury to Leighton Miller saw Brendan Foley moved to centre-half with Ed Cussons returning, also after injury, at left back. George Wilson came in for the unavailable Danny McKail.

The early play was typical of a local derby. The play was frantic with shots coming in from both sides as play switched back and forth. Diss took the lead in the 34th minute when Robbie Lawrence was brought down in the penalty area and referee Rob Ellis awarded a penalty, which Lawrence scored.

Debenham were level inside three minutes when the ball was played low for ex-Tangerine Stuart Jopling to score the first of his two goals. Diss immediately regained the lead with what will be one of the best goals they will score this season. Mark Shadrack played the ball to Osiris Gomes to run through a plethora of defenders and unleash an unstoppable shot past Craig Ellis from just inside the penalty area.

Diss had most of the pressure during the first 20 minutes of the second half, but just as they had on Saturday, they were unable to make it pay in terms of further goals.

They were made to pay when Jopling equalised for the second time to a cross in the 65th minute.

It only took Diss four minutes to regain the lead when a shot from Gomes was handled by Warren Taylor-Holt and another penalty was awarded. This time Adie Hayes stepped forward to make it 3-2. Diss were unable to add to their goals tally against a home team that was reduced to ten men.

Diss Town's game against Match Town United ended in a 1-1 draw.


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