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Diss Town have to settle for a point after eight-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 19:10 25 April 2017 | UPDATED: 20:33 25 April 2017

Diss striker Shaun Hunsdon made it 26 goals for the season. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Diss striker Shaun Hunsdon made it 26 goals for the season. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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Diss Town shared eight goals with AFC Sudbury Reserves in their final away match of the season.

The Tangerines twice held a two-goal lead on the 3G pitch but were pegged back in the second half.

Diss gave the ball away in midfield in the sixth minute and were punished when Ben Hunter moved forward to shoot low past George MacRae.

Within 10 minutes a quick brace from Angus Mackie had turned the game the way of Diss. First home goalkeeper Curtis Child dropped the ball from a corner and Joe Manning and Ben Norton-Hugman had shots blocked before Mackie put the loose ball in from close range. Then Diss won the ball almost straight from the kick-off and played in Mackie who send a fierce shot into the roof of the net.

The visitors used the surface to their advantage in the 32nd minute as Pain played the ball into space for Mackie to run with the ball, move into the penalty area and gently roll it into the path of leading scorer Shaun Hunsdon who netted his 26th goal of the season.

Three minutes later Diss had a great chance to increase the lead, Mackie played a fine pass into the path of Pain and after his shot had been blocked by Child, Whayman put the rebound well over the bar from a good position.

Sudbury pulled a goal back in the 38th minute when Ben Judge outpaced the Diss defence to score but just before half-time Diss went 4-2 ahead when Whayman sent a corner from the left for Jack Tipple to head home from 10 yards out via a deflection off a defender.

Sudbury reduced the arrears in the 51st minute when a deep cross from the right found Judge and his header went in despite MacRae getting his hands to the ball. Five minutes later Sudbury equalised as aerial pressure at a disputed free-kick ended with Toby Mitchell bundling the ball in.

Diss Town: MacRae, Baxter, Pain, Manning, Tipple, Shadrack, Mackie, Norton-Hugman, Hunsdon, Bray, Whayman. Subs: Cole (for Baxter 61), Wright (for Whayman 78), Burroughs (for Bray 61).

Diss complete their season with a home game against already-promoted Coggeshall on Saturday (3pm) before Brewers Green Lane hosts the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup Final between Mildenhall and Newmarket on Monday (3pm).

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