Diss first casualty of new-look Ghosts
Diss Town, who this week host second-placed FCClacton, were the first victims of a new-look Fakenham - who prop up the Ridgeons Division One table.Fakenham Town 3, Diss Town 2.
Diss Town, who this week host second-placed FCClacton, were the first victims of a new-look Fakenham - who prop up the Ridgeons Division One table.
Fakenham Town 3, Diss Town 2.
Promotion hopefuls Diss Town visited bottom of the table Fakenham Town, who went into the match having lost all of their 12 league games, writes Tony Collins.
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The bottom team were boosted by four signings from King's Lynn Reserves and gained their first win of the season.
Diss were without several players but despite all the changes, the Tangerines were expected to win the match and created enough chances to do so. Mark Critten, for the home team, and George Watts-Sturrock, for the visitors, went close before Diss seemed to get a strong grip on the game. Stuart Garner sent his 22nd minute corner towards the penalty spot and Mark Shadrack shot Diss into the lead.
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Tom Rix made a great save to deny Sam Bryant after a fine run from the Diss wide player. Stuart Jenkinson got the ball into the net but he was ruled to have handled a centre from Bryant.
In the 50th minute the Ghosts drew level, as Jake Betts cut inside and crossed for Julian Delicata to head in at the near post. This spurred Diss into action and they regained the lead in the 57th minute when Bryant and Garner combined to set up Watts-Sturrock to shoot in from outside the penalty area. Jake Burton shot against a post in what was to prove an important moment in the match.
In the 71st minute Stephen Harvey, on his return from the Linnets, equalised when he shot directly in from a free-kick just outside the penalty area. Fakenham looked the more likely winners and Jordan Plenty had a shot cleared off the line. Nine minutes from time Diss failed to defend at a corner and Matthew Gilchrist headed in from 10 yards out to record the shock Ridgeons Division One result of the season so far.
Max Kirkby, who lives close to the ground, has joined Diss from Team Bury.
Diss Town Res 0, Needham Res 3
Paul Drake has joined the management team and the players that he brought in produced one of the stronger displays of the season so far.
Defenders Ryan MacFadden and Chris Mooney, keeper Aaron Bunn and Jody Peacher in midfield, Kirk Bardsley out wide and Bradley Takooree in attack all made useful debuts. After an even opening to the match, Needham took the lead when Matthew Buckle moved onto a through ball and shot in.
Diss were passing the ball around well, with Chris Mooney and Kirk Bardsley linking up well down the left. One such moved ended with Bradley Takooree having a shot saved by Chris Stacey. Bardsley came close when his shot from an Olly Verrell centre landed on the roof of the net.
Aaron Bunn made two good second-half saves to keep out efforts from Reumel Codrington and Casey Carter, but Diss were giving as good as they were receiving, with efforts from Craig Tullis, Jake McDowall, Takooree and Bardsley going close.
Codrington scored two goals, the second after had Bunn parried a shot.