Eventful game for Jon as Tangerines win
Diss Town, buoyed by a fine home win over March, will be looking for some points on the road this weekend as they visit Ridgeons Division One basement side Cornard.
Diss Town 3, March Town United 0
Jon Abbott opening the scoring for Diss, created the second goal and ended the game in goal after an injury to goalkeeper Matty Webster.
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Lee Brooks saved well from Luke Catchpole early on. Dan Sterna struck a shot against the bar for March but the Tangerines finished the first half strongly to lead 2-0 at the break.
Catchpole played the ball out wide to Jon Abbott on the left. He curled the ball over Brooks to open the scoring. In added time Catchpole played another perfect pass to Abbott, who laid the ball back for George Watts-Sturrock to fire his shot home.
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Andrew Bryan sent a shot narrowly wide. Matty Webster had to move smartly to attempt to cover and seemed to aggravate the injury that kept him out recently. Abbott went in goal, with Jesse Payne-Wilkins coming on into midfield.
March put pressure on Abbott's goal with Ashley Brand shooting just wide. However, Abbott was equal to efforts on target. He has kept a clean sheet in a Reserve team game and is clearly no novice when it comes to goalkeeping. In the last ten minutes he saved well from Marc Welcher and Denny Escorcio. Watts-Sturrock sent in a perfect cross for Dan Wynne to get his toe to and make the final score 3-0. There was still time for March to have Grant Watson sent off for grabbing Jonny King around the neck. Match Sponsor Fourbay Structures of Barford's MoM; Jonny King.
Stowmarket Reserves 2, Diss Town Reserves 4
DISS Reserves ran out comfortable winners after dominating the second half. Steve Wright came close to breaking the deadlock three times early on. He forced Chris Stacey to save a 25-yard shot, then did the same after a fine pass from Simon Jackson and soon after ran from inside his own half before finding Kirk Bardsley. His pass saw a goal-bound George Cole shot blocked.
Diss broke the deadlock when Elliot Jackson drove on into the penalty area before sending a low shot towards the far post and Bardsley turned the ball in. Jackson scored a great goal after exchanging passes with Bardsley and sending a left-foot shot just inside the far post from ten yards out. Soon after, Max Kirkby ran down the left and crossed for Wright to draw another save from Stacey. Bardsley sent a corner in from the right and Carl Bronson rose high to head in from eight yards out.
Stowmarket pulled a goal back when Jordan Mayes ran on to a long through ball to shoot in.
Simon Jackson flicked the ball forward after Elliot Jackson beat a defender and crossed. The ball was handled but Stacey made a good diving save to keep out the penalty kick from Wright.
Best had a series of headers cleared off the line and from one of them the resulting corner on the right from Bardsley was headed on by Best for Bronson to turn the ball in from close range.
The scoring was completed two minutes from time when Sean Morris hit a tremendous shot from 22 yards out into the roof of the net. In added time Wright hit the post with a well struck shot.
Manager's MoM: Steve Wright.
n In midweek, Diss Reserves lost 3-1 at Woodbridge, who fielded several first teamers so manager Paul Drake was happy with his team but singled out Max Kirkby as MoM. Matty Cobb, 16, had a fine debut at this level at right-back. The Diss goal came from Steve Best with a header at the far post.
Diss Reserves host Lowestoft Reserves next.
n Diss U18 travelled to Bungay and drew 2-2. They conceded an early goal but fought back well through Elliot Jackson and Ross Shaen-Carter, before surrendering their lead despite have more of the possession in a second half of fine passing and attacking football. MoM: Zac Turner.
Diss U18 play Ipswich Wanderers U18s at home tonight and away on Tuesday.
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