Diss Town 1 Wisbech St Mary 4: Harnwell scores four as Tangerines lose to fellow strugglers
- Credit: Sonya Duncan
Diss Town crashed to a painful 4-1 home defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Wisbech St Mary on Saturday to remain deep in trouble near the foot of Thurlow Nunn League Division One North.
With the season now past the halfway point the Tangerines are second from bottom with just 14 points from 19 games.
They were in a comfortable position after winning 5-2 at Wisbech St Mary back on October 20. But since then have lost seven games and drawn the other one to plummet down the table, with whipping boys Needham Market Reserves the only team below them now.
A home game against another side battling against the drop appeared to be an ideal chance to get the season moving in the right direction again as the club consider a replacement for Jason Cook, who resigned as manager just before Christmas.
Former Tangerines boss Mike Derbyshire, who has also had spells in charge of Great Yarmouth Town and Cromer Town, was looking after the team at the weekend - and will be at the helm until further notice.
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Hopes of a league double looked strong as the Tangerines created plenty of chances in the first half. But it all went wrong after the break as four goals from Ryan Harnwell saw Wisbech cruise to a comfortable win.
Harnwell used his power and pace to move through a slow and static home defence three times inside seven minutes from the 56th minute. The fourth goal followed a quick break at a 79th minute Diss corner, with Harnwell racing away from near to half way.
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Keiran Hagan pulled a goal back for Diss in the first minute of added time with a well struck shot.
Diss Town hit the road on Saturday to take on Leiston Reserves.
It's a very different story for Harleston Town, who moved 10 points clear at the top of the table when they came away from a tricky game at Norwich CBS with a hard-fought 1-0 win.
A 53rd minute goal from Scott Roberts sealed the points at the FDC in Bowthorpe after the hosts had been reduced to 10 men after just 15 minutes through a straight red card for Dan Barraclough.
Second placed Mulbarton Wanderers were without a game. They are back in action on Saturday when they entertain King's Lynn Reserves while Harleston are at home to Lakenheath.
The Anglian Combination season resumes on Saturday after two free weekends for the festivities.
There's a big match at Kings Head Meadow, with third placed Wymondham Town taking on leaders Long Stratton (2pm) while Scole make the long journey to Sheringham (2.30pm).
In Division One in-form Attleborough Town face a tough game at top of the table Yelverton (2pm).
The rugby union season also resumes on Saturday, with bottom of the table Diss hosting Luton in London One North and promotion-chasing Wymondham travelling to Thetford in London Three Eastern Counties.