Fowkes wastes little time as Diss secure points
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Diss Tn 3 Dereham Tn Res 0
This was closer than the scoreline suggests – with the Tangerines rewarded for taking their chances.
This game was originally played as the opening game of the season, which Diss won 2-0, but had to be replayed due to the Tangerines fielding an ineligible player.
The first half was an even contest, both sides having a couple of good chances and winning their fair share of corners. In the 13th minute Danny Self found Jason Armes as he ran into the area, and Dereham keeper Will Viner had to react quickly to parry the ball to safety. Then, after 32 minutes, Dereham had a chance to take the lead with a close-range header from a cross to the near post, but the ball cleared the Diss crossbar.
Five minutes later the Tangerines' Joe Manning had a clear sight of goal near the penalty spot, but his low shot was well saved as Viner dived full length to his left. Within a minute the Tangerines should have been awarded a penalty when George was pushed in the back by Glover with the Tangerines striker clear in the penalty area with only the goalkeeper to beat.
The Tangerines gradually ramped up the pressure in the second half and with 20 minutes to go the visitors were finding it hard to keep possession. A wave of attacks culminated in a goal by Sam Page in the 81st minute. Self cut the ball back and put in a low right-footed cross into the six-yard box and Page slid in to divert the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Both sides had chances in the final minutes, but Ben Fowkes came on as a substitute and in similar fashion to the Tangerines' last home game had an instant impact and scored within two minutes of being on the pitch.
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Just seconds before the final whistle the ball fell to Gibbons in the penalty area and his powerful drive was too fierce for Viner to keep out, giving the Tangerines a 3-0 victory.