Highs and lows for Tangerines

IT has been a topsy-turvy week for Diss Town, who produced their best display of the season in hitting promotion-chasing Clacton for six - and then lost to lowly Thetford on Tuesday.

IT has been a topsy-turvy week for Diss Town, who produced their best display of the season in hitting promotion-chasing Clacton for six - and then lost to lowly Thetford on Tuesday.

This weekend they host Godmanchester in Ridgeons Division One. Then on Wednesday it's the League Cup final against Hadleigh at Woodbridge Town FC.

Diss squandered a number of chances against Thetford at Mundford Road in a seven- goal thriller on Tuesday.

They went behind in the 60th minute after a long ball played up towards front man Leon Campbell was inadvertently turned into his own net by Steve Best.

George Wilson drew the sides level with a fine strike from 10 yards out at the far post.

Thetford regained the lead a minute later when Callum Webb's half volley ended up in the back of the net.

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The home side then made it 3-1 in the 73rd minute when Leon Campbell turned the ball home from a free-kick by Lee Brewer.

The Tangerines reduced the arrears in the 77th minute when Thetford gave away a free-kick 30 yards from goal which Jake Berry smashed home.

As the game entered stoppage time Thetford's Craig Skipp scored the goal of the night with a brilliant shot from 25 yards out.

Stuart Jenkinson missed a golden opportunity when Berry crossed from the left and a late run by the Diss right back was spooned over the bar before he made amends with a fine goal late on to make the final score 4-3 to Thetford.

The Tangerines will kick themselves for the missed chances as their inconsistent season stumbles on.

The performance just a few days before by Diss had been a whole different ball game as they beat visitors FC Clacton 6-2.

Diss produced their best display of the season and had they been able to produce this form more often it would have been the Tangerines rather than Clacton who would have been challenging for promotion.

There was a lengthy delay after just three minutes when a clash of heads meant that Mark Shadrack and Danny Smith needed hospital treatment.

Shadrack had a deep cut above his left eye which required stitches.

Sixteen minutes after the game kicked off Diss took the lead. Jake Berry found Danny Partridge on the left. He cut in and beat a defender to shoot home.

Three minutes later an Ed Cussons corner was headed in by Jason Hunt. Diss were in control and Gareth Dunkley turned a cross against his own post. It was no surprise when Diss went 3-0 ahead two minutes into added time.

A superb passing moved ended with Steve Wright crossing low from the right for Hunt to shoot in.

It was not until deep into added time that Sean Hillier and Mark White hit shots off target. Partridge raced more than 60 yards and beat two players before making it 4-0 in the 50th minute.

Matty Hill made a superb save from a Kevin Coyle free-kick and even better from a point-blank Chris Ribchester header at the resulting corner.

In the 55th minute Greg Heighway headed in from six yards out at a corner.

Berry played a free-kick from near the goal line just outside the penalty area on the left in the 63rd minute for Ben Soanes to head towards goal.

Partridge diverted the ball up with a backward header from a yard out to complete his hat-trick. George Wilson was on target with a header as Diss threatened to score with every attack.

In the 70th minute they went 6-1 ahead when Cussons played a low cross in from the right. Craig Rulton spilled the ball and Dave Adams shot home.

Coyle pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute when he shot in, despite Diss appeals for hand-ball. James Wilson made an excellent goal line clearance to deny Heighway five minutes later.