Ely City 2 Diss Town 1

NEAR MISS: Mark Appleton goes close with a header for Diss at Ely. Photo: JOHN HUTTON

NEAR MISS: Mark Appleton goes close with a header for Diss at Ely. Photo: JOHN HUTTON - Credit: Archant

There was little to choose between the two teams in a match that saw the Tangerines slip to a narrw defeat at Ely City on Saturday.

Diss were without Jamie George, who was unavailable, but otherwise fielded a full-strength side. The game was fairly even until the Tangerines were guilty of some poor defending in the 28th minute which allowed the Robins to score.

Several weak challenges meant that James Seymour suddenly found himself with room in the penalty area to score with ease.

Diss pressed for an equaliser and came closest just before half-time when Mark Appleton climbed well to out-jump his marker, only to see his header clear the crossbar.

The Tangerines appeared determined to get back into the game as the half restarted, but were still finding it difficult to create a clear-cut chance.

Then, in the 49th minute, some slack marking by the home defence from a throw-in allowed Kyle Downes to head the ball on to Mark Appleton who was able to score with a close-range header.

Three minutes later the home side should have done better when the ball was deflected across the penalty area but a hasty shot from close range went over the crossbar.

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The Tangerines also failed to hit the target in the 59th minute when Ben Lewis met a cross with a header, but again the ball cleared the crossbar.

The best move of the match saw the home side break away in the 68th minute and a fierce low cross from the left zipped across the Tangerines' six yard box and was met by Alex Theobald who had timed his run into the penalty area perfectly to slot the ball home for the winner. Three minutes later the Tangerines won a free-kick just outside the penalty area but Danny Self's shot went just wide of the goalkeeper's right-hand post.

The Tangerines pushed forward in search for an equaliser, but the game seemed to finish abruptly with no time added for stoppages.

The Tangerines are at home on Saturday when they entertain Cornard United (3pm).