Diss Reserves avenge only defeat so far
Diss Town Reserves avenged their only league defeat of the season when they put out a strong team to beat Yarmouth Reserves 2-1 at Brewers Green Lane.
The Diss team featured seven players with regular first team experience this season while Danny Partridge played his first game of the season for the club.
Both teams were playing some fine football and Diss took the lead in the 22nd minute. Referee Paul Kent played a fine advantage when Simon Jackson was fouled as he played the ball to Jon Abbott. He moved the ball to the right for George Watts-Sturrock to centre into the penalty area. Dan Wynne controlled the ball and turned to shoot in from eight yards out.
Five minutes later Yarmouth equalised when Glen Spooner took a long through ball in his stride and shot in from 12 yards out.
Diss had more of the second half attacking play. Partridge curled a cross on to the top of the bar in the first minute and 10 minutes later Abbott smashed a fine right foot shot against a post after Partridge had laid back a centre from Stuart Garner. Moments later Watts-Sturrock had a shot deflected over the bar.
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The winning goal came in the 74th minute. Mark Shadrack played the ball to Andy Moody who beat a defender and moved to the goal line and pulled the ball back for Partridge to shoot at goal. His miss-kick sent the ball into the path of Peter Hooks to shoot in from 15 yards out.
The game opened up after that goal and play moved from end to end. Aaron Bunn made two fine saves to deny Spooner and Hooks had two shots at a corner blocked before his follow-up shot was kicked off the line.
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Manager's man of the match was Stuart Garner for a fine display wide on the left in midfield – a more advanced position than his normal first team left back role.
Diss Reserves: Bunn, Shadrack, Jackson (Hooks 57), Branson, Gilding, Bryant (Payne-Wilkins 72), Watts-Sturrock, Abbott, Wynne (Moody 55), Partridge, Garner. Unused sub: Wright.
Meanwhile Diss Town A progressed to the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Primary Cup with a impressive 5-0 away win against a talented young Caister Youth side.
The game was only two minutes old when Elliot Jackson robbed the defender and cut the ball back for Martin Kent to slide the ball into the net. Five minutes later it was 2-0 when Nathan Ellis fired the ball into the net from 20 yards. Before half- time Kent and Ben Green were denied by good saves from the keeper.
In 60th minute it was 3-0 when a goalmouth scramble broke kindly for Green to score and the same player was again on hand minutes later, firing home from 10 yards to make it 4-0. Lewis Richies then made two good saves to keep his clean sheet before man of the match Max Kirkby wrapped it up in injury time with a well taken goal.
Diss will now travel to Belton in the quarter-final.
For the third Saturday running the Norfolk Senior Cup fourth round tie between Norwich St Johns and Diss Town was postponed.
The teams will try for a fourth time to play the match this Saturday (1.30pm). Norfolk County Football Association have ruled that there will now be no replays for the remaining matches in this round. Extra time will be played if necessary followed by a penalty shoot-out.
Norwich St Johns play at Cringleford Playing Field, Oakfields Road. It will be the last chance to play the match at Cringleford before there is a delay until the next round. The winners are scheduled to be at home to Thetford Town in the quarter finals on Saturday, January 8.
This Saturday's scheduled league game at home to Godmanchester Rovers will now be re-arranged.
Diss Reserves will be away at Woodbridge Town Reserves on Saturday (3pm).
Diss U18s' home game against Stowmarket last Thursday was postponed. They are due to be at home against Ipswich Wanderers tonight (7.45pm).