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Diss mix and match

PUBLISHED: 17:42 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 10:35 12 July 2010

Diss Town are busy preparing for the new season with new manager Rob Taylor trying out different combinations of players.

After losing to FAVase finalists Lowestoft he said: “We mixed and matched to continue to learn a lot about the players.

Diss Town are busy preparing for the new season with new manager Rob Taylor trying out different combinations of players.

After losing to FAVase finalists Lowestoft he said: “We mixed and matched to continue to learn a lot about the players.

“Clearly some players are trying to catch up, in respect of fitness levels, as they have missed some of the hard training sessions that we had before the games started. Our aim is to have all of the players at the same level by the time that the first league game at Newmarket arrives on August 9.”

The Tangerines have an away game at Ryman League Division One North Aveley on Saturday (ko 3pm).

Aveley have beaten Needham Market 1-0 in a pre-season match. Diss will then be at home against Ridgeons Premier Division side CRC at Brewers Green Lane on Tuesday (ko 7.45pm).

Diss played their third Ridgeons Premier League opponents in a row as they continue the build-up, losing to Needham Market 7-0.

They were well beaten by the team that finished second last season and showed that their plans are to go one better this time.

Diss started well and had an effort from Robbie Lawrence caught on the line by the goalkeeper. A low shot was pushed out for Danny Thrower to shoot Needham ahead and then soon after a cross from the left was headed in by Tommy Smith. Lawrence was close again with another shot before Danny Smyth moved on to a superb 28th minute through ball to make it 3-0.

Glen Snell headed in from three yards out to a diagonal ball in from the right. Five minutes later a shot by Smith looped up over Mark Cammidge off Luke Catchpole and went in.

Snell hit a superb shot from 20 yards out for his second goal in the 66th minute. James Evans struck another fine shot to complete the scoring in the 73rd minute. Danny Partridge had a shot deflected over as Diss went in search of a consolation goal.

Diss lost to Lowestoft Town 2-0, last season's beaten FA Carlsberg finalists.

The Tangerines had the better of a goalless first half and fell to two second-half goals as manager Taylor experimented with different formations in his first-team squad, which is now about 20 players strong.

Both goals were scored while central defender Kevin Leggett, who has resisted attempts by other clubs to sign him, was being attended to for a swollen eye following contact with a stray elbow.

There was no major damage and he was rested from the match with Needham on Tuesday as a precaution.


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