Diss Town smash five past local rivals

HEADING FOR VICTORY: Young Callum Olpin makes it 3-0 to Diss. Photo: John Hutton

HEADING FOR VICTORY: Young Callum Olpin makes it 3-0 to Diss. Photo: John Hutton - Credit: Archant

Diss Town 5 Debenham LC 1

Diss Town turned in an excellent performance to put five past local rivals Debenham LC on Saturday.

Kyle Downes reverted to the central striker position as the Tangerines looked to bounce back from two defeats.

Debenham should have taken the lead in the 12th minute when Shaun Thorrold was played in.

He clipped the ball past Matt Powley but Luke Appleton had anticipated the danger and cleared the ball off the line.

It was the home side that got the all-important first goal in the 15th minute. Downes rifled in a drive across goalkeeper Chilvers following a corner and Lewis Kemp on the line could only help the ball into the net.

Eight minutes later Downes increased the Tangerines' lead when he saw a gap in the defence and quickly arrowed a low shot from 20 yards.

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In the 39th minute Marcus Josiah got free on the left and bore down on goal with only Powley to beat but Appleton appeared from nowhere to get in a last-ditch tackle.

By the 55th minute the Tangerines enjoyed the comfort of a three-goal cushion. Sam Page did well to work his way down the right touchline and hit a low cross that should have been cleared by Tom Goddard in the six yard area. However Goddard made a bad first touch and the ball continued on to young Callum Olpin who swept the ball home from close range.

In the 67th minute Debenham caught the Tangerines on the break and Shaun Thorrold made amends for not taking his first-half chance when he scored from close range.

This revitalised Debenham and they played some of their best football as they pushed forward to try and narrow the deficit. However, this was at the expense of being caught out in defence, which the home side duly profited from in the 87th minute. Substitute Chris Holmes received the ball on the edge of the six-yard area and outwitted his marker with a quick turn and shot that found the net to make the score 4-1.

Two minutes later, Debenham were caught on the break and Holmes impressively held off a combined challenge from both Tom Fenner and Chris Brock and slipped the ball past Chilvers to bag his second goal of the match.

The Tangerines are at home in the FA Vase on Saturday (3pm) for a first round proper tie versus Basildon United who play in the Essex Senior League.

Diss: Matthew Powley, Jason Cole, Luke Appleton, Ben Lewis, Sam Wenham, Joe Manning, Jason Armes, Danny Self, Sam Page, Kyle Downes, Callum Olpin

Substitutes: Dale Barrett (for Luke Appleton 73 mins), Chris Holmes (Sam Page, 82), Chris Bartram (Jason Armes, 86), Chris Bird.

Attendance: 117