Jackson hat-trick ends Diss Town’s interest in cup


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Diss bowed out of the Thurlow Nunn League Division One Knock Out Cup to a Norwich United Reserves team that had called off a league fixture at Brewers Green Lane two weeks earlier due to a player shortage.

This time they were strengthened by three players who had featured in their first team Bostik North League win on the Saturday, including Liam Jackson, who used his pace to score a hat-trick.

The first save of the match was made by visiting goalkeeper Will Johnson in the seventh minute. He dived to his right to turn a swerving left foot free-kick from Stephen Vincent around a post.

Four minutes later it was the turn of Jake Hayhoe to tip a Jackson shot from 12 yards out on the post.

In the next attack Lawrence Cheese burst into the penalty area and was brought down by Hayhoe, with Jackson sending the penalty kick high into the roof of the net.

Jackson then used his pace to run clear of the home defence and move on to a through ball to make it 2-0 after 25 minutes.

Jackson missed a great chance to put the game safe early in the second half when he shot wide after being one-on-one with Hayhoe.

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Diss increased the pace of their play and it was no surprise when they pulled a goal back in the 62nd minute.

Stephen Vincent cut out a pass and moved forward before playing the ball across to Virgilio Leitao who ran into the penalty area and send in a shot from 12 yards which went in off the inside of the post.

Diss were now attacking at every opportunity and the next goal was crucial to the outcome. It went to United after 70 minutes, Nathan Stewart crossing low and Diss appealing in vain that Cheese must have been offside as he tapped in from near to the goal-line.

The Tangerines still created chances, Tom Ramsay had a goalbound shot blocked on the line at a corner and Vincent forced a diving save, but they were caught out on the break when Jackson completed his hat-trick in the 86th minute.

Diss Town: Hayhoe, Sparrow, Beeson, Tipple, Ramsay, Vincent, Goulding, Gathercole, Leitao, Doyle, Lambe. Subs: Fena (Doyle 44), Priestley (Goulding 65), Cooke (Sparrow 79), Gilbert, Riches. Attendance: 96.

Diss Town U18 lost 3-2 to Harford Tornadoes U18 after being two up at one stage (Dan Whyman, Josh Lucraft).