Diss Town struggling for breakthrough win
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Diss Town 0 Whitton Utd 3
Diss Town and Whitton United went into this match both looking for their first win of the season.
Despite some excellent blocks by Tangerines' keeper Bird to ensure the first half stayed goalless, it was the away side that eventually took all three points.
Both teams shared possession for the first 15 minutes, without any real chances being made. The Tangerines had their best period of the half when they forced a couple of corners in the 10th minute. However, the Greens started to pose more of a threat as they increased the pressure on the home side. Sam Mead went close to opening the scoring in the 22nd minute, but was foiled by a fine save from Bird at the expense of a corner. The Tangerines' best chance of the half came via a quick breakaway with Rocastle finally being able to run at the defence and curling a right-foot shot just wide of the visitors' post. In the latter stages of the first half Diss had to repel a wave of Whitton attacks with keeper Bird making some important blocks.
The second half continued from where the first half left off, with Whitton on the front foot. The Greens' pressure paid off in the 62nd minute when they did well to retrieve an over-hit cross from the right and send a low pass back into the area where Andrade slotted the ball home from close-range. Diss tried hard to get back in the game with Jacob Brown making some surging runs from midfield, but were finding it hard to test Jones in the visitors' goal. Whitton effectively sealed victory with two quick goals in the 76th and 79th minutes.
Diss are in FA Vase action on Saturday when they visit Kirkley & Pakefield, kick-off 3pm.
Diss: Chris Bird, Callum Webb, Sam Newton, Armando Alves, Ady Ager, Chris Collins-Reed, Jordan Rocastle, Jacob Brown, Chris Holmes, Matt Dixon, Ashley Mitchell. Subs used: Jon Abbott, Bradley Nelson, Jordan Lake. Not used: Arran Kohn, Ashley Baxter.
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Diss Town 1 Fakenham Town 2
Diss put in an improved performance but were unable to gain any much-needed points, despite a superb second-half strike from Jordan Rocastle that inspired the Tangerines.
Diss started well and looked more dangerous when attacking the opposition than they have done in their previous games. Ashley Mitchell featured wide on the right with Jacob Brown supporting him as an attacking full back.
The Tangerines also had creative midfielder Armando Alves joining the squad, having previously played for them two seasons ago.
However, it was Fakenham who had the best early chance when Gilchrist sent a free-header over the bar in the 10th minute. Four minutes later Boyce also went close for the Ghosts when his low shot went just past the post.
Diss won a free-kick in the 24th minute, and although Rocastle's shot cleared the defensive wall it was too close to Ghosts' keeper Rix, who saved comfortably. The first half was a fairly even encounter, although Fakenham were making the better chances and the home side found themselves 1-0 down in the 38th minute when Robbie Harris bundled the ball over the line following a low cross from the right.
The Tangerines suffered a further blow in the 45th minute when Dion Frary's shot from 20 yards deceived keeper Bird and went in off the keeper's right-hand post.
Home fans feared that this game might follow the pattern of previous games, with the opposition adding further goals to inflict a heavy defeat. However, Diss made two changes at half-time with Calum Webb coming on for Chris Collins-Reed and Armando Alves for Eoin O'Herlihy. This allowed Jacob Brown to get further forward and as the half wore on it was evident that the Tangerines were still in the game.
They were almost rewarded for their efforts in the 60th minute when a 20 yard free-kick from Rocastle zipped low past the foot of the post. Four minutes later Diss were right back in the game, when Rocastle unleashed a screamer to score from 20 yards, with Rix transfixed to the spot as the ball found the top corner.
In the 72nd minute the home side's good work was almost undone when Bird had to make a close-range save from Gilchrist's header to turn the ball just past the post.
The Tangerines won several corners in the closing minutes and the home crowd thought that skipper Ager had equalised but his header from a corner went agonisingly past the foot of the post.
Diss Town: Chris Bird, Jacob Brown, Sam Newton, Chris Collins-Reed, Ady Ager, Chris Holmes, Ashley Mitchell, Matt Dixon, Eoin O'Herlihy, Jordan Lake, Jordan Rocastle. Subs: Mark Shadrack, Callum Webb (for Chris Collins-Reed 48 mins), Armando Alves (for Eoin O'Herlihy 48 mins), Bradley Nelson, Arran Kohn.
Fakenham Town: Tommy Rix, Stephen Harvey, Matty Dye, Josh Youngs, Matthew Gilchrist, Sam Garner, Dion Frary, Robbie Harris, Ben Boyce, James Page. Subs: Shane Ackers (for Danny Williams 75 mins), Jake Wiseman (for Sam Garner 89 mins), Luke Gray (for Robbie Harris 93 mins), Joe Simpson